Western New Yorkers, get ready to gripe: Spectrum is raising its internet and cable rates.
Spectrum will increase the cost of its TV Select, TV Silver and TV Gold cable plans by $7.50 per month. Its broadcast TV surcharge – the price it charges customers to carry local broadcast stations – will increase by $1.51 per month to $13.50. Cable box rental will increase 49 cents to $7.99 per month, per receiver.
Customers with standard internet service who do not subscribe to a Spectrum TV Select (or higher) cable plan, will see their rates rise $4 to $69.99. Internet subscribers who have their internet service bundled with a TV Select or higher plan will not face an increase in standard internet rates.
Customers who receive special rates as part of a promotional pricing plan will continue to receive the discounted pricing on the cable plan until the promo expires, but will see the increases on the broadcast surcharge and cable box rental right away.
The rates will go into effect during the October billing cycle.
Spectrum said the rate hikes reflect the rising cost of local broadcast channels and cable programming over the past three years.
"Our services are competitively priced and we provide our customers with superior products at a great value," said Lara Pritchard, a Spectrum spokeswoman.
Customers should check their monthly statements for the billing changes, she said.
Spectrum rates last went up about a year ago. At that time, internet rates increased by $5 per month, the broadcast TV surcharge went up by $1.10 and Spectrum receivers went up by 51 cents.
In December, Charter Spectrum agreed to pay a record $174.2 million settlement secured by the state Attorney General's Office, which said Spectrum promised high internet speeds it failed to deliver.
In July 2018, the Public Service Commission ordered Charter Communications to sell off its Spectrum cable and TV operations in New York after it found the company had not held up its end of a deal to expand its broadband service in the state. In April, they reached a compromise, which allowed Spectrum to stay. As part of that settlement, Charter agreed to pay $12 million to expand service to communities in New York State with little or no access to broadband internet. Charter has until September 2021 to do that.