Comcast Corp. Wednesday rushed to correct a wire-service story that some
news organizations interpreted to mean that a 6% rate increase was planned for
the Philadelphia region.
The Associated Press story detailed a $2.50 rate hike planned for systems on
Maryland's Eastern Shore serving 10,000 customers. The rates are rising to cover
increases in programming in those systems' expanded service tiers.
But the news item was 'vaguely worded,' according to a Comcast spokesperson,
and it was repeated by news organizations -- including at least one Philadelphia
TV station -- as a broader rate increase.
AP ran a corrected release Wednesday afternoon specifying
that the rate hikes only involved a limited area.