This is an excerpt from a letter to the editor by CTAM former president

Unhappy with Spectrum? You are not alone. If you are a Charter/Spectrum customer, since November, you have most likely seen an annual price increase of 12% on your basic cable rates, not counting increases in internet and box rental fees. According to news reports

and the Los Angeles Times,
Spectrum will increase its “broadcast TV” fee, which subscribers pay to access local network broadcast channels, from $9.95 to $11.99, (more than 20%), on March 1st. This shouldn’t surprise cable subscribers but this increase comes just four months after the same fee was increased from $8.85,regardless of what you were promised when you signed up for your package deal. The inflation rate for all of last year was 1.9%.

But wait, there’s more, if you have the Charter Silver or Gold package, 13 Cinemax movie channels plus on demand will be removed from your channel lineup in February according to a recent notification from the company (which does not indicate an accompanying price reduction). When contacted, the Charter CSR said there will be a $5.13 reduction, however Cinemax, as an a la carte offering, is an additional $15.47 a month.
The August 2018 cover story of Consumer Reports stated, “Dear Cable TV, You’re Fired”
and the story outlined alternative ways to watch TV. These continuous insults to consumers, non-compliance with State Statutes, coupled with the recent disregard for local municipal, school and public access programming by “Slamming” the local channels up to the 1300 block (so they can rent those lucrative single digit channel slots to shopping networks) has prompted the Community Television Association of Maine into action. While federal and State laws prevent price regulation, legislation will soon be announced to protect consumers in other areas while benefiting the municipalities that big cable operates in. Stay tuned.