Thursday, January 21, 2016

Frustration with Cable Costs Not Explained

Fees increase and they don't tell you
   We recently received our Comcast cable bill and it was $7.00 higher than the previous month with NO EXPLANATION. 
    I compared the bills and found out the broadcast fee last month was $3.25 and the regional sports fee was $1 but the current bill has $5 and $3 respectively.
  The "sports fee" is for certain regional sport network subsidies - whatever the hell that is. We don't subscribe to sports channels, nor do we even watch sports on any channel.
  I had to do some on-line research to learn about the other fee. The Broadcast TV fee recovers a portion of the costs of retransmitting television broadcast signals. Isn't that what cable is? retransmitting broadcast signals?
    I messaged Comcast and they said  the government raised the taxes. Uh-huh.But cable fees went up, too.


    Taxes Surcharges and Fees     $8.45  (increased  41 cents)
 TV Franchise Fee and a P.E.G. (whatever this is) and MD State Sales Tax

Additional XFINITY Internet Services  Increased $1.00        Speed Increase Blast! Internet

MY BIGGEST ISSUE (Aside from the increased bill):   Why doesn't Comcast put that on the bill when it is issued? Customers really need to know why costs have suddenly increased. No one wants to subscribe to something where costs mysteriously increase. Please share this with billing managers. They really need to be responsible.

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next