Atlantic Broadband raises rates

Citing increases in programming and operating expenses, Atlantic Broadband will increase the cost of some if its services, beginning with the February billing statement.

This marks the fourth consecutive year Atlantic Broadband has announced a rate increase.

“Our programming costs continue to increase more than 5 percent per year,” said Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer David Dane.

Most customers will see a 3 to 4 percent increase in their monthly bills, Dane said.

The price of limited cable service, which includes 25 channels, will increase from $15.21 to $15.70 a month. The cost for the 53-channel value package will increase from $67.75 to $70.49, and the 104-channel digital plus package will increase from $90.75 to $94.53 a month, according to a letter dated Dec. 25 that customers received with their most recent bill.

High speed Internet service will increase by $1.04 a month for the starter package and by $2.04 a month for the preferred package.

Customers with Atlantic Broadband’s unlimited phone service will not see a price increase but those with local phone service purchased with any video or high-speed Internet service will see an increase from $19.99 to $24.99 a month, Dane said.

Atlantic Broadband has about 27,000 residential customers in the Altoona and Johnstown areas.