N.J. Cable Subs To Get a Refund


Trenton, N.J.— The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has ordered Comcast Corp. to pay $5.4 million to allegedly overcharged subscribers.

The refunds are the result of a settlement of 36 contested rate cases dating back to 1994. The BPU alleges that the company overcharged consumers in Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Hunterdon and Salem counties.

Comcast was ordered to reimburse 230,000 customers. The refunds will average $5.64 per customer, totaling $1.3 million from the company.

The board also ordered a freeze on basic cable and installation rates through Jan. 31 of 2002. Commissioners said that freeze will save Comcast customers another $4.1 million.