Comcast subscribers will see their rates increase soon, with the average monthly bill expected to rise by 3 percent nationally, according to the company.
For Clark County residents, Comcast’s increases will go into effect Jan. 1.
“Content providers continue to increase the costs they charge us to carry their content, with broadcast TV and sports being the biggest drivers of price increases,” said Amy Keiter, director of external communications at Comcast Oregon/Southwest Washington. “We’re continuing to work hard to manage these costs for our customers while investing in our network to provide the best, most reliable broadband service in the country.”
Comcast is the only cable provider in Vancouver and unincorporated Clark County, but the company services Battle Ground, Camas, La Center, Ridgefield and Washougal, as well. There were 62,924 Comcast subscribers in Vancouver and unincorporated Clark County as of December of last year. In a report to the county’s telecom commission, the company reported a 35.9 percent penetration rate.
What used to be a $19.45 broadcast TV fee will increase to $22.65. Choice TV Select and Choice TV Select with TV box will increase from $30 and $35 to $32.50 and $40 respectively. Entertainment fees will rise by $2, and sports and news fees will rise by $3, but service to additional TV fees will decrease from $9.95 to $7.50.
Subscribers will pay $2.50 more for their box or for their adapter. The regional sports fee, meanwhile, will fall by 20 cents. What price adjustments will look like for internet packages depend on which package customers have.