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Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 3:45 pm

UPDATE:

Mediacom is assigning responsibility to its next price increase.

The cable TV provider is adding a Local Broadcast Station Surcharge to the bills of its Dubuque customers on or about May 1. The $1.92 increase per month results from the increased fee Mediacom must pay local affiliates to retransmit ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox programming, said Phyllis Peters, Mediacom communications director.

“We’re doing this to raise awareness,” Peters said. “We know it makes us the unpopular entity because we are the ones who have to pass on the price. What we’re trying to do is be more transparent and show the costs of the retransmission fees on the local customer’s statement.”

Peters said there are two major drivers to cable costs: Sports programming, and escalating fees required by local TV stations for “over-the-air” content.

Peters said Mediacom’s programming costs rose 12 percent in the past year, while Dubuque’s price increase is 5.4 percent. Every cent of the price hike will be passed onto to local stations, she said.

 

ORIGINAL STORY:

Mediacom has informed Dubuque officials that it will be instituting a "Local Broadcast Station Surcharge" to offset the increased costs it pays to retransmit the signals of local ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox stations.

The surcharges will cause local family cable rates to rise $2, to $74.30 per month.

The surcharge will go into effect on or about May 1 of this year.

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