According to this article in Eagan Patch, Comcast is raising rates on some subscribers again after upgrading their infrastructure to “all digital” and requiring an additional $1.99 fee for a converter box for older televisions. Some Eagan residents are up in arms over the fees and have asked the city to intervene.
From the article:
“Comcast increases rates constantly and provide [sic] no service improvements in return,” a Facebook user identified as Dallas West wrote. “I’m not paying for another box. No way, no how.”
Eagan Communications Director Tom Garrison hopes the city can serve as the liaison between the company and upset residents.
“What we’ve decided to do is try to gather more information on behalf of our residents,” Garrison said. “I think people are certainly hearing about it. They’ve got questions, they’ve got mailings, and we hope to get the good and useful information they can act on.”
Yes, it is true that because city’s have franchise rights for the infrastructure running under their city they theoretically have some control over the cable company’s actions in instances like these. However, it’s unlikely the city win any big battle here as Comcast will announce they made the necessary infrastructure upgrades as requested/required of their subscribers and its franchise agreement with the city and its residents will have to share in some of that burden with the $1.99/month boxes.
What’s sad is that Eagan residents, instead of taking matters into their own hands and cutting the cord with other much more modern, inexpensive, and incredibly viable alternative options to cable TV, they ran to the city to deal with an additional charge. The city should deal with these problems but people should really reconsider the necessity of cable TV in 2013 before continuing to be angry for fee increases which have been happening as long as cable has existed.
What do you think about this one? Did you ever think to talk to your city about ever-rising fees on your cable bill? If you were displeased with the rates would you just cut the costs out and spend your money elsewhere (or not at all–which is a much better option these days? Are you an Eagan resident with an older TV and affected by this? What are you planning to do? Do you think $1.99/month is too much money for digital when digital OTA boxes can be had for ~$30 for life? Whatever you have to say go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.