August 3rd 2017
By Mike Flaminio
A class-action complaint against Comcast can move forward after a federal judge rejected a Comcast motion to dismiss it.
The lawsuit, filed in October 2016 in US District Court in Northern California, accuses Comcast of falsely advertising low prices and then using poorly disclosed fees to increase the amount paid by cable TV customers. Those fees are the "Broadcast TV Fee," which had increased from $1.50 a month to $6.50 since 2014, and the "Regional Sports Fee" that rose from $1 to $4.50 since 2015.
The sports fee seems most egregious to me considering it applies to the standard cable packages. It's bad enough people have to pay for bundled channels they don't want in the name of value, but get surcharges for them too.
It's all symptomatic of an unsustainable model.