Programming costs force rate increase, says Wave Broadband

PORT ORCHARD — Wave Broadband, a cable television service provider in Port Orchard, has notified city officials of an increase it intends to charge customers beginning Aug. 5.

A rate increase of $1.96 per month will result for customers who have expanded content, also known as basic cable, and any package that includes that service, according to a letter from Tim Klinefelter, executive vice president of broadband services, to Mayor Rob Putaansuu.

Klinefelter wrote in the letter that the rate adjustment “is the direct result of annual programming cost increases from TV networks owned by Disney/ESPN, Turner Networks, regional sports programmers, and independent channel providers.”

The rate changes don’t impact franchise and regulatory fees, and other governmentally imposed charges, the letter stated.

Klinefelter also wrote that “At Wave Broadband, we work hard to establish the best channel selection for our customers and communities while balancing rapidly increasing programming costs.”

He said that the Kirkland-based company will continue to invest in its network “to bring customers the latest technologies, enhancing their service experience, at very competitive prices.”

Klinefelter wasn’t immediately available for additional comment.

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