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Cable rate hike irks council member

November 13, 2003|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Angry that Adelphia plans to once again raise its cable rates, Martinsburg City Councilman Don Anderson said all city residents should consider installing a satellite dish on their homes.

Adelphia representative Brian Burger, who spoke to council members at their meeting Wednesday night, said Martinsburg customers who opt for the company's most popular package will pay $37.99 starting Dec. 15. The current rate for the package, which allows customers access to channels 2 through 72, is $33.99, Burger said.

Although Burger said competitors charge $45.99 or more for equivalent service, Anderson remained unconvinced. He said when he gets a satellite television system installed at his home, he will invite Burger over for a visit.

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Adelphia declared bankruptcy last summer, but customers will not pay for that, Burger said. A letter from Adelphia given to council members indicates the rate increase "is associated with the higher costs we incur for programming services and ongoing operations."

When Councilman Richard Yauger asked whether the cost of cable will increase again next year, Burger replied that it is likely. The goal of any business is to make money, he said. Burger added that services customers want, such as high speed Internet access and high definition television, are not cheap.

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