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Spectrum Raising Rates Again

Phillip Dampier October 17, 2018 Charter Spectrum, Consumer News 6 Comments

Charter Communications is once again raising rates on Spectrum cable customers. Readers are notifying us that their October billing statements in certain regions show new, higher pricing for certain services. Charter typically adjusts prices at least once, but sometimes twice annually, gradually rolling the higher prices out across the country.

The most important include:

  • Another $5 rate hike for the Standard Internet plan (100 or 200 Mbps). Depending on your bundle, prices are increasing from $54.99 for broadband and television customers to $59.99. Standalone internet customers in some areas are seeing a $1 increase from $64.99 to $65.99 a month. If rates are increasing for your plan, share it with us in the comment section.
  • Spectrum’s basic set-top box, formerly $5.99 a month with a mandatory $1 Secure Connection surcharge is increasing to $7.50 a month, effectively a $0.51 increase per box.
  • The Broadcast TV Surcharge is also increasing once again by an average of around $1 a month. For many areas, this surcharge is now approaching $10 a month and applies to all cable television customers. Charter claims it is passing on the costs of retransmission consent agreements it has signed with local TV stations in your area. The amount varies, depending on what stations in your area charge Spectrum.

There are likely other rate adjustments not noted here. Many customers who bundle services may not see the full extent of the rate hikes because of bundling discounts, with the exception of the Broadcast TV Surcharge, which is not subject to being waived or discounted.

Subscribers can find the current rate card for their area on a special section of Spectrum’s website, although not all rate cards are provided.

Currently there are 6 comments on this Article:

  1. Charles Dennett says:

    Just looked at my bill dated October 14. I’m in the Rochester, NY market. I have Spectrum TV select ($64.99/month), DVR Service ($12.99/month) and 100/10 Mbps Internet ($54.99/month).

    Important Billing Update: Effective with your next billing
    statement, pricing will be adjusted for:
    • Broadcast TV Surcharge from $8.85 to $9.95. This reflects
    costs incurred from local Broadcast TV stations.
    • Spectrum Receiver from $6.99 to $7.50 (per receiver).

    Important Billing Update: Effective with your next billing
    statement, Internet pricing will be adjusted from $54.99 to
    $59.99

    So, price is going up $6.61 plus any taxes and fees based on this.

  2. Dylan says:

    I better be getting 200mbps instead of 100 soon then if I do get a increase from $55 to $60 for bundle internet services. I understand the investments that have been made to give us Docsis 3.1 and I have been surprised at how fast upgrades have been given, but I hope we 200 soon. I have been waiting too long.

  3. sfsfsdfsdf says:

    So instead of lowering prices like they should to more reasonable lvls they instead decide to hike up rates?

  4. Doug says:

    New York Hudson Valley:

    Broadcast TV surcharge from $8.85 to $9.95. (So it’s really $33.84 for Starter-TV).
    Digital Adapter from $4.99 to $5.99. I believe the fee for not returning them is $40 each. I have bought them three times over by now, I think. (Not sure if the Digital Adapter is the DTA for a Tivo or the little deck of cards adapters they’ve given out since the switch to all-digital; The fee for not returning a STB is $123).

    Still on ELP at $14.99 / month.

    $4 increase per month for me.

  5. Ian Littman says:

    Just got Spectrum installed last week (took ’em five months). My initial bill lists the MRC for gigabit at $104.99 after promos. Gritting my teeth as that’ll probably end up at $109.99. Fingers crossed that GFiber finally gets this area wired in the next year before the price bumps another $20, but I doubt that’ll actually happen. Grande (now part of RCN, though they don’t use RCN branding down here) won’t touch this condo complex because they’d have to compete with two other providers now (AT&T offers 100/20, which I was on ’til last week), so while it’s nice to have a gigabit option it comes at a price.

  6. Nick says:

    The $5 rake like apparently also applies to legacy TWC Internet plans. On my October statement my legacy TWC ELP Internet plan is going up from $19.99 to $24.99. I’m still surprised though that Spectrum hasn’t decided to totally boot everyone off of the legacy ELP plan.

    I wish actual competition existed in my area for low-cost Internet.







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