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January 30, 2018Dear Clearlake City Official:Earlier this month, Mediacom adjusted the Local Broadcast Station Surcharge (LBSS) on customer bills based on our best estimate of how much local broadcast stations like ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC would increase their rates for 2018. Despite our efforts to keep costs down, the local broadcasters we carry increased their year over year rates by an average of 35%. The collective increases these station owners demand to be paid are considerably higher than what we anticipated. As a result, effective on or around March 1, 2018, Mediacom will be making the following adjustments to the LBSS:
Product: Old Rate: New Rate: Net Change:Local Broadcast $14.48 $14.83 $0.35Station Surcharge
The fees we pay to retransmit local broadcast stations like ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC are by far our fastest growing programming cost component. The owners of these channels are able to take advantage of outdated federal laws to force excessive rate increases on consumers year after year. For more information about the extent of this growing national problem, please visit www.mediacomonvourside.com or www.americantelevisionalliance.org.Mediacom appreciates the opportunity to continue to serve your community's telecommunications needs. If you have any questions, please contact me directly at (507) 837-4878 or email@example.com.Yours sincerely,
Theresa SundeMediacom Communication Corporation1504 2nd Street SEPO Box 110Waseca, MN 56093