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Old 03-19-2017, 09:22 AM
 
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Thank you, Toosie. Now to try again. I was asking if everyone's ISP raises rates annually just as a matter of habit. Mine is increased every 12 months right on schedule. I am talking only internet. I have no television and my phone bill is with another company. The increase doesn't look too bad until I figure the percentage. It was just short of 9%. Inflation?

I am just curious to know if this is the usual with all services now. It was not when I lived elsewhere and had a different company. But times do change.

Thank you.
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Old 03-19-2017, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Beavercreek, OH
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Thank you, Toosie. Now to try again. I was asking if everyone's ISP raises rates annually just as a matter of habit. Mine is increased every 12 months right on schedule. I am talking only internet. I have no television and my phone bill is with another company. The increase doesn't look too bad until I figure the percentage. It was just short of 9%. Inflation?

I am just curious to know if this is the usual with all services now. It was not when I lived elsewhere and had a different company. But times do change.

Thank you.
There's a special place in the seventh level of hell for the pricing strategies of telecom companies in particular, who unlike other monopoly services such as utilities aren't accountable to state or local government to set reasonable prices.

I'm that guy who calls every few months because my bill is screwed up - and never in my favor. It's often double or triple the agreed price. (Time Warner Cable.)
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Old 03-19-2017, 11:48 AM
 
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There's a special place in the seventh level of hell for the pricing strategies of telecom companies in particular, who unlike other monopoly services such as utilities aren't accountable to state or local government to set reasonable prices.

I'm that guy who calls every few months because my bill is screwed up - and never in my favor. It's often double or triple the agreed price. (Time Warner Cable.)
And Time Warner is now part of Spectrum (formerly Charter). Believe this or not, some years ago, in another city, I had Time Warner and it was the very best ISP I ever had. In the two years I lived there, they never raised my rate of $27. Never once had to call them about anything, not even service. Lot more I could praise but wouldn't change anything today.

That doesn't mean I'm doubting you. I've heard many people say the same as you say. Times change; companies change. Also, sometimes it depends on the local managers. But TW was great for me. Wnt wish for them today.
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Old 03-19-2017, 05:27 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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One particular service going up (even way up) in cost is not inflation. While my annual performance based raise was only 4.25%, it's more than enough to cover any increases in Comcast, though ours actually just went down (bundle). More significant is my property tax increase of $1,000/year, and other things like gas getting close to $3 again, a big increase in the license fees for our cars due to a voter-approved levy for transit, and the worst, increase in medical since Obamacare.
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Old 03-19-2017, 06:16 PM
 
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Comcast Verizon and at&t are owned and operated by the devil... along with the dmv.
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Old 03-20-2017, 06:26 AM
 
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One particular service going up (even way up) in cost is not inflation. While my annual performance based raise was only 4.25%, it's more than enough to cover any increases in Comcast, though ours actually just went down (bundle). More significant is my property tax increase of $1,000/year, and other things like gas getting close to $3 again, a big increase in the license fees for our cars due to a voter-approved levy for transit, and the worst, increase in medical since Obamacare.
That is exactly what I was looking at after the ISP increase. Rent goes up yearly. So do the utilities. Health insurance and definitely Rx medicines. Thank goodness I am healthy or I would never afford medicines. I don't drive but I've noticed on the signs that gas is up again. Summer and travel time.

Then I asked if people were getting wage increases as fast. Social Security is certainly not going up. For the first time in several years it did go up a healthy $4 this year which Medicare immediately added to it's premium. So, again, no real increase at all.

I don't think it is need on these companies' parts. It is greed. They see where the demands will be and grab early.

Thanks for comments.
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Old 03-20-2017, 06:33 AM
 
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Why do you all hate capitalism? In a capitalist system, entrepreneurs manipulate prices in order to maximize profit to shareholders, not benefits to customers.
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Old 03-20-2017, 06:33 AM
 
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And Time Warner is now part of Spectrum (formerly Charter). Believe this or not, some years ago, in another city, I had Time Warner and it was the very best ISP I ever had. In the two years I lived there, they never raised my rate of $27. Never once had to call them about anything, not even service. Lot more I could praise but wouldn't change anything today.

That doesn't mean I'm doubting you. I've heard many people say the same as you say. Times change; companies change. Also, sometimes it depends on the local managers. But TW was great for me. Wnt wish for them today.
after 30 years with time warner /spectrum we dumped them last month. our deal ran out and they wanted a 30 dollar a month increase .

we dropped them and got a special promo from fio's . now we got more for less money .

so they can raise prices but it does not mean we have to accept them . the markets decide if you have alternatives available . all of a sudden time warner told us they can cut the bill by 50 bucks if we stay . we told them it was to late , fio's was in and working . in 2 years we will review the deals again .
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Old 03-20-2017, 07:59 AM
 
Location: The Carolinas
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You're lucky you have an alternative. We have nothing but Spectrum.
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Old 03-20-2017, 08:04 AM
 
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mathjak, what are fio's, please? As for freedom to choose, not always. Cities grant franchises to different servers. Where I live, we have two choices: Charter/Spectrum or AT&T UVerse. In another city, we had only Comcast. Then, there was the place with my favorite (at that time): Time Warner.

Speaking of UVerse, friends who use them got an increase. When question, the person at AT&T said it was a cost of living increase. Huh?
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