Trenton, N.J. -- When cable operators in this state are
faced with refund or rate-rollback orders, they will have to notify consumers of the terms
According to the recently approved Assembly Bill 1692, the
terms of the order will have to be included in the first billing cycle after approval of
an order of state or federal refund liability.
The bill may have the most immediate effect on Cablevision
Systems Corp. and Adelphia Communications Corp. Both MSOs were included in a recent $18
million rebate order issued by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.
The refunds, and a rate cap negotiated by the state agency,
will resolve rate and equipment overcharges dating back to 1993.
Cablevision will have to refund rates ranging from $7.05 to
$32.94, depending on the violations accessed in each community. Adelphia will refund
$400,000 to subscribers in 14 Ocean County communities.
Both companies have agreed to rate caps that will extend