The State of Michigan Wants to Crack Down on Cable Companies Promotional Tactics




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Cable TVEver open your cable bill only to find out your rate has skyrocketed? After some phone calls and research you find out the promotional rate has ended and no one warned you?

Now a bill in the State of Michigan proposed by House Democratic Whip Jeremy Moss from Southfield Michigan would require cable companies to notify customers of ending promotional rates before they end. The bill also has 12 co-sponsors.

“The plan would keep customers from being caught unaware by price hikes and give them time to shop for better deals,” said a Moss press release announcing the proposal.

“Many cable providers offer discounted promotional rates that are good for several months or years, but when that time is up, customers are often caught by surprise by a cable bill that’s suddenly much larger,” Moss said in the press release. “My bill would simply warn customers that the promotional period is about to end, and that their rates will soon increase.”

“This legislation aims to protect consumers, especially those on fixed incomes, who do not anticipate the fee hike on their bill when the promotional period ends,” Moss said. “Once they know their rate is about to change, they can take steps to either prepare for a larger bill or change their cable service.”

Co-sponsors of the bill include Reps. Martin Howrykak, R-Troy; Kristy Pagan, D-Canton; Terry Sabo, D-Muskegon; Cara Clemente, D-Lincoln Park; Bill Sowerby, D-Clinton Township; Pam Faris, D-Clio; Sherry Gay-Degnogo, D-Detroit; Leslie Love, D-Detroit; Winnie Brinks, D-Grand Rapids; Scott Dianda, D-Calumet; Peter Lucido, R-Washington Township, and Yousef Rabhi, R-Ann Arbor.

Source: MLive

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