Gurnee Spared Hike in TCI Cable Rates - for Now
Rackl, Lorilyn, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Lorilyn Rackl Daily Herald Staff Writer
TCI customers in Gurnee will be spared a rate hike this year, bucking the trend in the cable industry to annually jack up prices three and four times the rate of inflation.
TCI towns in the Northwest suburbs also will avoid a rate increase, but not all TCI towns are in the clear.
Price increases in most of TCI's other suburbs won't be announced for another few weeks, spokeswoman Terry Pfister said.
Those increases are likely to average around 5 percent to 5.5 percent in keeping with other TCI service areas across the country, she added.
Customers in Gurnee, which went to TCI after the company bought out U.S. Cable last year, saw their last increase in August. That's when the basic/expanded basic package jumped 5 percent to $26.07.
Pfister said TCI does not intend to add another increase this August.
"It's a competitive world today," she said. "You have to be cognizant of that."
Ameritech spokesman Geoff Potter said it's probably no coincidence TCI's rates are staying stable in the Northwest suburbs where his company is negotiating with several towns to become a second cable provider.
"It certainly seems telling," Potter said. …