Cable Prices Up

By Coorsh, Richard | Consumers' Research Magazine, October 1996 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

Cable Prices Up

Coorsh, Richard, Consumers' Research Magazine

According to information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)--part of the Department of Labor--cable television rates in the United States, as of the end of August, have risen an average of 10.4 to this year.

According to the ELS statistics, the 10.4% aver&ye cable rate hike compares to 3.5% for consumer prices overall. In 1996, cable rates rose 4.1% on average, and in 1994, they dropped 2.6%, due to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rate caps.

Cable rates are still regulated by the federal government, but cable operators are allowed by the FCC to raise rates to account for inflation and for the expense of providing new channels and programming. Cable rates are slated to be deregulated completely in three years under the recently approved Telecommunications Act of 1996.

The act seeks to spur the competitive marketplace to work to lower prices. Direct broadcast satellite companies (such as DirecTV) as well as telephone companies and others are expected to challenge cable for subscribers.

More than three million homes in the United States receive programming from direct broadcast satellite transmissions, compared to fewer than 100,000 just two years ago.

In a related development, satellite dishes may move out of the closet--and into the back yard. New FCC rules, stemming from the Telecommunications Act of 1996, are intended to "eliminate local laws and housing covenants designed to thwart the growth of small satellite dishes as competitors to cable television," reports The Washington Times.

Some local officials complain that the rules will interfere with ordinances meant to protect historic districts and ensure safety. But the dishes could still be banned in historical areas, like Colonial Williamsburg, and in places like fire escapes where they would present a hazard, David Withrow of the Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association told the Times.

It is likely the cities are upset at the prospect of losing franchise fees from cable operators to whom they granted monopoly service.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Cite this article

Cited article

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

Cable Prices Up


Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?