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For Immediate Release

Liz Rose, Communications Director, 202-265-1490 x 32

Comcast to Raise Cable Rates

Increase Comes on the Eve of FCC Public Hearing on Proposed Comcast-NBC Merger


Comcast will raise its cable TV rates by almost 4
percent in some areas of the country starting Aug. 1.

According to the Sacramento Bee, customers with a "digital starter"
package of 80-plus channels now pay $61.99 per month. That rate will
rise to $63.25 per month. Comcast's Internet customers in the affected
areas will also see a price increase.

Josh Stearns, Free Press associate program
director, issued the following statement:

"On the eve of the Federal Communications Commission's
public hearing on Comcast's proposed merger with NBC Universal, Comcast
reminds us that we have cause for concern about the impact of this
union. When one company holds too much power in the media marketplace,
consumers see higher bills, homogenized content and fewer viable
competitors. If this merger is approved, Comcast will control one in
every five viewing hours on TV."

The FCC is holding a hearing on Comcast's proposed takeover
of NBC on July 13, 2010, from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The public is
invited to participate in this hearing at Northwestern University Law
School, 375 East Chicago Avenue, Thorne Auditorium, in Chicago, IL,
60611. For more information, go to

Link to Sacramento Bee:

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