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By Mark Ribbing and Mark Ribbing,SUN STAFF | May 4, 1999
Little more than a month after the end of federal regulation of cable rates, TCI Communications of Baltimore, the city's cable company, said yesterday it would raise the price for expanded basic service, the most popular choice, 6 percent next month.Customers who receive TCI's expanded basic package will see their bills increase from $28.93 to $30.66 a month, not including premium channels and other charges.TCI also said it would boost the price of basic cable, which includes broadcast network stations and a few additional channels, 2.7 percent, from $11.22 per month to $11.52 a month.
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By Carol Kleiman and Carol Kleiman,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | September 14, 2005
Balancing work and home life has become so important to workers that more companies find themselves dealing with an expanding array of benefits, says a report in the Executive Briefing Series of Boston College's Center for Work & Family. Kathy Lynch, the center's director of corporate partnerships and editor of the series, points out that work/life programs have become a large umbrella, encompassing many vital business areas. The programs include "employee recruitment, benefits, health care plans, job design, career advancement, employee transfers, travel policies, leave taking, career paths, work teams and evolving corporate cultures."
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | March 12, 1996
Because of erroneous information provided by TCI Communications of Baltimore, an article in yesterday's editions of The Sun reported an incorrect figure for the city cable system's June 1 rate increase. In fact, the typical TCI customer will pay an additional $2.32 for a package of basic and expanded basic service. The increase will bring the total rate to $24.39.The Sun regrets the error.The typical Baltimore cable TV subscriber will have to pay more than 10 percent higher rates for service starting in June, TCI Communications of Baltimore said yesterday.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | November 24, 2003
John Dunning spends several hours a weekend watching cable, mostly sports. But Dunning, 64, a metallurgist in Corvallis, Ore., says he has begun to think that his bill - $40 a month for about 50 channels - is high. He toyed with switching to satellite, but he receives high-speed Internet access through his cable provider, a service that satellite systems do not offer. And "it is a bit of a hassle to switch," he said. Dunning's attitude may not be unusual among cable subscribers. A recent report by the General Accounting Office shows that the average monthly rate for expanded basic cable service is $36.47.
NEWS
April 13, 1993
For proof that competition keeps businesses lean, imaginative and responsive to customers, consider the running skirmish between a pair of cable TV companies in Anne Arundel County.North Arundel Cable Television and Jones Intercable vie for some 40,000 households in the northern half of the county. If you weren't aware that this is one of the few areas where cable providers square off, you might have guessed from the two companies' relatively low fees.Subscribers of North Arundel pay a monthly bill of $22.15 for 46 channels on expanded basic service (48 cents per channel)
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Sun Staff Writer | August 12, 1995
Comcast Cable Communications Inc. said yesterday that it has reached an agreement with the Federal Communications Commission under which it will pay $6.6 million plus interest to subscribers to its expanded basic service to settle 268 rate complaints.The tentative settlement, which must be approved by the full FCC, will return an estimated $2.88 to Comcast's subscribers in Baltimore County and $6.50 to its Howard County customers, said Comcast spokesman Joe Waz.The amounts will be refunded at a rate of about $1 a month for three months in Baltimore County and for about seven months in Howard County, Mr. Waz said.
NEWS
April 13, 1993
For proof that competition keeps businesses lean, imaginative and responsive to customers, Howard countians should note the running skirmish between a pair of cable TV companies in neighboring Anne Arundel County.North Arundel Cable Television and Jones Intercable vie for some 40,000 households there. If you weren't aware that this is one of the few areas where cable providers square off, you might have guessed from the companies' relatively low fees.Subscribers of North Arundel pay a monthly bill of $22.15 for 46 channels on expanded basic service (48 cents per channel)
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April 13, 1993
For proof that competition keeps businesses lean, imaginative and responsive to customers, note the running skirmish between a pair of cable TV companies in Anne Arundel County.North Arundel Cable Television and Jones Intercable vie for some 40,000 households in northern and central portions of the county. If you weren't aware that this is one of the few areas where cable providers square off, you might have guessed from the companies' relatively low fees.Subscribers of North Arundel pay a monthly bill of $22.15 for 46 channels on expanded basic service (48 cents per channel)
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By Sean Somerville and Sean Somerville,SUN STAFF | May 1, 1998
Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke yesterday said he wants TCI Communications to justify a proposal to raise rates for cable service by as much as 40 percent for some customers.TCI Communications of Baltimore plans to increase the cost of basic cable service from $8.02 per month to $11.22 -- a change that the cable company said would affect about 3,500 customers who get the company's 24-channel package.Schmoke said the increase concerned him. "This is a significant rate increase for a level of service that has historically been intended to allow access for citizens to the most basic cable services, including local broadcast channels and various community programming," he said in a statement.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | November 24, 2003
John Dunning spends several hours a weekend watching cable, mostly sports. But Dunning, 64, a metallurgist in Corvallis, Ore., says he has begun to think that his bill - $40 a month for about 50 channels - is high. He toyed with switching to satellite, but he receives high-speed Internet access through his cable provider, a service that satellite systems do not offer. And "it is a bit of a hassle to switch," he said. Dunning's attitude may not be unusual among cable subscribers. A recent report by the General Accounting Office shows that the average monthly rate for expanded basic cable service is $36.47.
BUSINESS
By June Arney and June Arney,SUN STAFF | December 5, 2001
Comcast Corp. announced a price increase yesterday for many cable services provided to its Baltimore City customers, including a 30 percent increase for its digital service, effective Feb. 1. The company's heavily advertised digital service will go from $10 to $12.95, an increase of $2.95. The charge for expanded basic service will rise $2.30, or 10 percent, from $22.73 to $25.03 while full standard service will increase by $2, or 6 percent, from $31.43 to $33.43. Each of the premium movie channels will cost an additional 50 cents.
NEWS
By Mark Ribbing and Mark Ribbing,SUN STAFF | May 4, 1999
Little more than a month after the end of federal regulation of cable rates, TCI Communications of Baltimore, the city's cable company, said yesterday it would raise the price for expanded basic service, the most popular choice, 6 percent next month.Customers who receive TCI's expanded basic package will see their bills increase from $28.93 to $30.66 a month, not including premium channels and other charges.TCI also said it would boost the price of basic cable, which includes broadcast network stations and a few additional channels, 2.7 percent, from $11.22 per month to $11.52 a month.
BUSINESS
By Mark Ribbing and Mark Ribbing,SUN STAFF | January 3, 1999
Cable television companies in Baltimore and around the country have found a way to offer dozens of new channels -- and, with any luck, make bundles of money.It's called digital cable, and it could push television into a long-promised new era of movies on demand, Internet links and new specialized channels.The cable industry is also hoping digital cable can entice customers to pay more for monthly service and prevent them from defecting to direct broadcast satellite (DBS) companies like DirecTV Inc., which have begun to erode cable's share of the pay-TV market.
BUSINESS
By Sean Somerville and Sean Somerville,SUN STAFF | May 1, 1998
Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke yesterday said he wants TCI Communications to justify a proposal to raise rates for cable service by as much as 40 percent for some customers.TCI Communications of Baltimore plans to increase the cost of basic cable service from $8.02 per month to $11.22 -- a change that the cable company said would affect about 3,500 customers who get the company's 24-channel package.Schmoke said the increase concerned him. "This is a significant rate increase for a level of service that has historically been intended to allow access for citizens to the most basic cable services, including local broadcast channels and various community programming," he said in a statement.
BUSINESS
By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | March 12, 1996
Because of erroneous information provided by TCI Communications of Baltimore, an article in yesterday's editions of The Sun reported an incorrect figure for the city cable system's June 1 rate increase. In fact, the typical TCI customer will pay an additional $2.32 for a package of basic and expanded basic service. The increase will bring the total rate to $24.39.The Sun regrets the error.The typical Baltimore cable TV subscriber will have to pay more than 10 percent higher rates for service starting in June, TCI Communications of Baltimore said yesterday.
BUSINESS
By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Sun Staff Writer | August 12, 1995
Comcast Cable Communications Inc. said yesterday that it has reached an agreement with the Federal Communications Commission under which it will pay $6.6 million plus interest to subscribers to its expanded basic service to settle 268 rate complaints.The tentative settlement, which must be approved by the full FCC, will return an estimated $2.88 to Comcast's subscribers in Baltimore County and $6.50 to its Howard County customers, said Comcast spokesman Joe Waz.The amounts will be refunded at a rate of about $1 a month for three months in Baltimore County and for about seven months in Howard County, Mr. Waz said.
NEWS
By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | November 20, 1992
Cable TV subscribers in Baltimore will pay more for their CNN and MTV starting Jan. 1.One month after Congress passed a law that promised rate relief for cable TV subscribers, United Artists Cable of Baltimore announced it is raising rates by 4 percent to 7 percent, effective Jan. 1.The fee for basic service will rise from $17.35 to $18 a month, and the fee for expanded basic will go from $18 to $19.25, Euan F. D. Fannell, president and general manager of...
BUSINESS
By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Sun Staff Writer | November 11, 1994
The Federal Communications Commission granted the much-bruised cable television industry a measure of relief yesterday as it voted to let companies collect up to $1.50 more a month over the next two years in return for adding six new channels.The decision is good news for consumers who are eager to have a greater choice of channels within their "expanded basic" service, the most popular package of broadcast and nonpremium cable channels.For consumers who have all the channels they want and aren't interested in new ones, it will mean higher bills for unwanted services.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Sun Staff Writer | March 22, 1995
Comcast Cablevision will announce today an extensive rebuilding of its cable networks in Baltimore, Harford and Howard counties, promising its 275,000 local subscribers vastly expanded program choices and 90 percent fewer outages within two years.The Philadelphia-based company says the project will provide digital-quality pictures and sound while almost doubling the number of channels in the near term. The upgrade, which is expected to cost between $100 million and $130 million, will also lay the groundwork for an eventual expansion to a 400-channel system with connections to on-line services and the Internet, Comcast said.
BUSINESS
By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Sun Staff Writer | November 11, 1994
The Federal Communications Commission granted the much-bruised cable television industry a measure of relief yesterday as it voted to let companies collect up to $1.50 more a month over the next two years in return for adding six new channels.The decision is good news for consumers who are eager to have a greater choice of channels within their "expanded basic" service, the most popular package of broadcast and nonpremium cable channels.For consumers who have all the channels they want and aren't interested in new ones, it will mean higher bills for unwanted services.
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