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Cable TV customers get scrooged for Christmas

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -

A white envelope tucked between the Christmas cards and the holiday gifts in December brought not good tidings and great joy, but news of rate increases that will affect most cable and DSL customers in Chattanooga.

While it's typical for major TV, Internet and phone companies to announce rate increases near the end of the year, this year's news will include fees unfamiliar to some customers.

Come January, Comcast and AT&T will join the ranks of cable companies that break out costs incurred from local broadcasters into a separate billed fee.

Comcast, the world's largest cable provider, will charge $1.50 to customers who receive local broadcast stations through their cable connections, said Jim Weigert, vice president and general manager of Comcast in Chattanooga. The fee will affect nearly all of Xfinity's customers, and with Comcast's adoption the policy will become an industry standard.

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