UPDATE, 2:33 p.m.: Verizon has verified that the only announced price hike for existing FiOS TV customers is that premium channels like HBO, HBO/Cinemax and the Movie Package will each increase by $1 as of Jan. 17.
As the year winds down and TV customers learn how much more TV service will cost next year, existing Verizon FiOS customers may have lucked out.
Verizon responded to a report that FiOS TV bills will go up $10 to $20 a month with this:
“We have no comment – we have made no such announcement. That being said, please keep in mind that anything we might possibly do going forward would not impact our current customers,” said Heather Wilner, a Verizon spokeswoman, in an e-mail response to my question.
BroadbandReports.com noticed new pricing plans after they were accidentally posted on a public Verizon Web site. The page showed price hikes between $10 to $20 depending on the bundle, starting on Jan. 17, 2010. It also noted that the basic “TV Essentials” package was being replaced. The site hones in on a new feature: a $360 early termination fee. Read BroadbandReports story, “Leaked 2010 Verizon FiOS Rate Hike Info.”
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The proposed changes, if they do in fact go into effect, are similar to many of the increases AT&T U-verse plans to roll out in 2010. The $3 to $5 price hikes for Internet services only affect new customers. Read the U-verse prices story, “AT&T U-verse raising TV, phone, Internet prices in 2010.”
Verizon offers its FiOS TV service in select neighborhoods of these cities: Brea, Cypress, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, La Habra, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, Stanton, Westminster and certain unincorporated areas. For more FiOS information and older stories, visit the Gadgetress FiOS page: gadgetress.freedomblogging.com/fios.
Help me out: Are you a Verizon FiOS customer? I’ve heard that the only price increase is to premium channels. If you’ve been notified about your bill going up, tell me about it.
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