Wave Broadband notifies city of cable rate increase

Cable television provider sends letter to City of Port Orchard

PORT ORCHARD — Wave Broadband notified the City of Port Orchard July 24 that it plans to increase the monthly rates for its cable television service.

The company gave a 30-day advance notification of an adjustment to rates as part of its franchise agreement with the city. The rate adjustment is effective beginning Sept. 1.

The monthly fee rates for local TV stations will increase by $1.95. The expanded content channel tier, also known as “basic cable,” and any packages including that service, will increase by $3.56.

The rate adjustment was justified by cost increases in annual programming by major television networks, regional sports programmers, independent channel providers and local broadcast channel providers, Wave Broadband said in its letter to Mayor Rob Putaansuu.

Wave Broadband noted the rate changes are separate from franchise fees, regulatory fees and other governmentally imposed charges. The company said customers will receive detailed information covering the rate changes with their billing statement.

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