Cable Companies Explain How Price Increases Are Really Price Decreases
from the are-you-paying-attention? dept
Numbers are funny things. You can make them say just about anything that you want, as long as you position them correctly. For example, take the recent claims from the FCC that despite supposedly competitive conditions, cable rates have continued to increase. While we're skeptical of the way the FCC computes its data normally, it's even more amusing to see how the cable industry refutes the FCC's claims. Broadband Reports points out that the official response is that cable rates have actually decreased if you look at it in price per channel. Yes, that's right. All of those useless channels that you never watch that your cable provider has added to your channel list are decreasing your bill... if you were only smart enough to look at it on a cost per channel basis. So even if your overall bill keeps going up, you should be thankful because your cable provider is adding all sorts of channels that you probably don't watch, which are reducing your per channel fee. Perhaps someone should calculate it on a cost per channel watched basis to figure out a more accurate number.