Adelphia Hikes L.A. Commercial Rates


Adelphia Communications Corp. has told a number of its commercial subscribers
in Los Angeles that their bills will more than double in March.

Perhaps to offset the hike, the company also notified those customers that
they could now elect to take some high-priced sports networks on an à la carte

"Adelphia is adjusting its cable rates for certain commercial properties
following an internal review that showed that the company had been inadvertently
charging residential rates to many of these commercial customers," said a
statement provided by the company.

A spokesman did not address how many accounts were undercharged.

According to letters that went out to businesses in the Los Angeles area --
Adelphia's largest cluster -- the commercial-rate increases add $58.95 to what
had been a $47.50 monthly bill for expanded basic cable. A digital set-top
charge adds another $6.50.

The Adelphia corporate statement said the revised rate structure was based on
the seating capacity of each establishment and reflects "commercial rates we --
and all cable providers -- are required to pay each of our sports programming

The new rate would charge $9.95 apiece for ESPNews and ESPN Classic and hike
rates for Fox Sports World by a whopping $38.95.

R. Thomas Umstead contributed to this story