Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Cable TV: Legal False Advertising

MSNBC recently discussed how Cables companies such as Comcast squeeze more and more out of your wallet. The article titled "Cable TV: King of misleading come-ons" points out ways Comcast mis-leads its would-be customers with teaser rates and promotional ads that never clearly explain their charges.

On mailers sent to Seattle-area residents, the introductory period was not defined. When did it end? Whenever Comcast called. And despite the abundant small print on post cards sent to Seattle-area TV watchers — which numbered 300 words or more — the real price of the service (ultimately about $150 a month) never appeared once

In a 2006 out-of-court settlement between the Comcast and the Massachusetts state attorney general, the attorney general said “Comcast, and its predecessor, AT&T Broadband, engaged in a series of unfair practices in the advertising and sale of its cable television services, including advertising limited time offers of free or reduced rate digital cable packages without adequately disclosing to consumers what the actual price of those services would be during and after the promotional period.”

Is this surprising? No we've all know for years that cable companies are monopolizing the markets. Ask any Comcast customer how much their bills have risen over the years and how little content has risen. Add on internet fees and now phone service and Comcast is sitting firmly in your pocket.

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