Comcast to hike prices in Issaquah

September 7, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

Comcast plans to raise cable prices for Issaquah customers and set uniform prices for the entire city.

The cable giant intends to raise the price for most Issaquah customers from $12.08 for the limited cable starter package to $13.22. The digital starter package increases from $37.52 to $39.99.

Customers in South Cove and nearby neighborhoods stand to receive a break in cable prices: The limited cable starter package is due to dip from $14.40 to $13.22. For South Cove customers, the price for the digital starter package decreases from $57.45 to $39.99.

The change is due to go into effect Oct. 1. Comcast is the predominate cable provider for Issaquah residents.

Though customers in South Cove and other southwestern neighborhoods had Comcast service, a separate company operating under the Comcast brand handled the South Cove area. Customers there paid higher prices for cable services after Issaquah annexed the area in 2006.

The arrangement prompted a class-action lawsuit from South Cove residents in 2007; the plaintiffs lost the case and the appeal.

Issaquah handles cable franchise negotiations through a citizen Cable TV Commission — the adviser to the City Council on the issue.

The agreement between the city and Comcast expired in June 2008. In the interim, commissioners redrafted city code to prepare for the updated agreement.

The updated pricing agreement could reach the City Council by late September.

Before a council decision, the Council Utilities, Technology & Environment Committee intends to analyze the proposed agreement. Committee members could not be reached for comment late last week.

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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