Cablevision Systems customers will pay more for their high-speed Internet service in 2013.
The Bethpage, N.Y., company announced Thursday it will increase the price of its Optimum Online service by $5 per month, starting next month. The new pricing structure will mean an average 3.2 percent increase in the monthly Optimum Online bill for those customers who are not in a promotional package, said Jim Maiella, a Cablevision spokesman.
Cablevision's increase is the first time in a decade that the company has increased high-speed Internet service prices. The company is not increasing the monthly charge for its cable television or telephone services, Maiella said.
Gemma Toner, Cablevision's senior vice president of broadband product management, called Optimum Online "the gold standard of high-speed Internet service."
"Over the last 10 years, we have made significant investments in our broadband product, recently affirmed by the FCC to deliver in excess of 100 percent of the speeds we advertise, along with advanced security, no usage caps, local news and information and other key features, " Toner said in a statement.
Maiella said current prices for Optimum Online range from $44.95 to $99.95 per month, depending on the level of Internet speed and service.
Even though the increase involves high-speed Internet service only, some Cablevision customers were still upset by the news. "Typical," Pete Higgins tweeted after the news became public. "They just pass along their expenses."
Cablevision recently spent $140 million on a network augmentation project during the first quarter of this year, according to company officials.
Cablevision's Connecticut customer base includes Milford, Orange, Woodbridge and parts of Litchfield County.
Distributed by MCT Information Services
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