Cox raises rates by 4% starting in March

Cox Communications has become the latest major pay-TV operator to raise consumer prices, upping monthly subscriber fees by $1 to $6, depending on the service package.

According to the Omaha World-Herald, the Atlanta-based MSO has confirmed that its price increases will take effect starting March 3. The average Cox bill will shoot up by 4 percent, or $5.76 a month.

Cox attributes the price rise to, of course, increases in programming costs and technology investments centered around DOCSIS 3.0 network improvements. Cox bills will also include a new line item for a "broadcast surcharge."

"The rising cost of programming in general is the main reason why cable television rates are increasing," Cox spokeswoman Beth Weiss told the World-Herald.

"This is not a rate increase," she added. "The broadcast surcharge will not change the total amount on the bill for existing customers. The bills now will simply include a broadcast surcharge line item to keep customers better informed of the costs associated with the delivery of broadcast television. ... This line item will just reflect a portion of the costs associated with the delivery of broadcast television to customers."

For more:
- read this Omaha World-Herald story

Related links:
Cox sets up 1,700 Wi-Fi hotspots in Las Vegas and Phoenix
Comcast raises modem lease fees by $2 to cover DOCSIS 3.0 equipment costs
Cablevision customers warned about 2015 rate increases
Cable companies push back on spiraling program costs
TWC to institute $2.75 sports surcharge, other price increases

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