Stanford officials question Adelphia rate hike

July 02, 2004|EMILY BURTON

STANFORD - Stanford City Council members had the ears of Adelphia Cable representatives during Thursday's meeting, where the council questioned the recent rate hike and admonished the company for persistent reception problems.

"One of the biggest things we're dealing with now is our programmers. They're raising the prices on us, and unfortunately, we have to pass that on to the customers," explained Adelphia administrative assistant Carla Deaton.

The $1.93 rate increase in basic rates, which was announced in June, was explained as an annual rate increase by Adelphia marketing manager Batrina Morse.

It was not the company's hidden effort to replace funds allegedly pilfered by the former CEO and his family, said Morse, though sometimes that is the public's false perception.


City Attorney Carol Hill also questioned the increase, which she described as "incredibly suspicious."

While basic rates increase this month, an approximate $3 rate decrease will take effect throughout some of the digital service packages.

"Something has to give someplace, and it still looks like it's falling on the basic tier," said council member Steve Lucas.

Not so, said Morse. The digital customers had already seen a rate increase within the 12-month period, and the company did not want to touch them again with another hike.

But the company should be aware of how their prices affect consumers, said Mayor Eddie Carter.

"This affects thousands of people, a lot of them are elderly, living on a fixed income," said Carter.

The council also asked the representatives to look into the reception problems with channels 32 through 48.

"I can't promise anything, but we'll try," said Deaton.

The council was informed by City Clerk Sandy Gooch that Adelphia's quarterly reports are available to the public at City Hall.

In other business, the council congratulated the Stanford Main Street Program and its director Mary Middleton on the program's recent national recognition.

The Stanford Main Street program was recently named a 2003 National Main Street Program by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The Stanford organization met the 10 national standards for a Main Street program and was nominated for the recognition by the Kentucky Heritage Council.

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