by Max Brantley
Mara Leveritt writes with a word of warning about another one of the ways that Comcast plans to extract money from the unwitting cable TV customer:
Watch out for a new Comcast charge. If you have Comcast for your television service and ever received a small adapter from the company to let an analog TV receive a digital signal, you should check your bill because starting in February, you will now be charged $1.99 a month for that adapter. (This is identified as a “cable box” on your bill.) If you no longer use the adapter, you will have to return it to get the charge removed. If you have lost it, given it away with the analog television, or thrown it out, you will need to pay Comcast $45 to get the monthly $1.99 charge removed from your bill.
A Comcast representative said this morning that this is a new policy decided in January. Most TVs now are digital. This cost will affect anyone who does not own a digital-ready TV, or who once used the Comcast adapter but no longer has it to return.
You think the city of Little Rock, which nominally grants Comcast the franchise to operate here, could figure out a way to make this company be slightly more customer friendly? That is, if they ever get around to picking up yard waste again.
UPDATE: Speaking of cable television. Please ask your representative why in the Sam Hill should the Arkansas legislature put Secretary of State Mark Martin in control of cable TV regulation in Arkansas. Read the bill.