Happy Recession, Washington: Comcast Is Raising Your Rates

Given the hard times--Seattle lost 68,800 jobs last year, by the way, or about 1 of every 25--you're probably already pinching your pennies. Now Comcast wants to help--by pinching your pennies. The cable provider has announced that it will be raising rates on October 6th. The monthly fee for leasing a modem will be $5 instead of $3, and the entry-level digital cable package will go up from $55.75 to $57.45. Should this make you mad, you can cancel your service, or just get a little vicarious satisfaction by reading (or re-reading) an account of the action-packed Comcast office visit by 75-year-old Mona "The Hammer" Shaw.

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