Cable Company Changes

Mediacom Raises Surcharges & Makes Channel Changes
 In January 2016, Mediacom instituted a rate increase by raising its Local Broadcast Channel & Regional Sports Surcharges.  The Local Broadcast Channel Surcharge increased $3.30 to $7.64 per month, and the Regional Sports Surcharge increased $.34 (34 cents) to $2.37 per month.  The increases are explained in this letter.

At the same time Mediacom will be moving the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) from the Kids and Variety Package to Family TV.  It will continue to be found on channel 203 after the change.  A week or so later, OWN HD will be launched on Family TV channel 679; those connecting the cable directly to a digital TV will see it on channel 66.4.

On or about February 7, TVLAND HD will be launched on Family TV channel 692; those connecting the cable directly to a digital TV will see it on channel 62.4.
Local Access Channel Changes
At the City of Dubuque's request, Mediacom made some changes to the local public, educational, and governmental (PEG) access channels.  Dubuque's two public access channels have been consolidated into one, Channel 81 (digital 85.4).  The vacant channel is now a second governmental access channel airing CityChannel graphics and local NOAA weather radio audio.

Local PEG Channels

Dubuque's Local PEG Channels
Channel Name Channel Digital Channel
CityChannel Dubuque 8 85.2
CityChannel Graphics 80 85.3
Public Access 81 85.4
Shared Educational 15 85.5
Dubuque Community Schools 16 85.6
New Mediacom Fee
In May 2014 Mediacom began implementing a charge of $5 per month for customers who rent a DVR box but choose to cancel their DVR service without returning the DVR box.  At the same time, they standardized "the Electronic Reactivation of Account and Electronic Change of Service Fees at rates of $2 companywide."  Read Mediacom's letter.
Mediacom Breaks Out Bill
Mediacom's latest rate change went into effect in February 2014 at which time they began including the City franchise fee and public, educational, and governmental (PEG) equipment fee as a separate line item on billing statements sent to subscribers.  The rate changes are listed below.  Read the full text of Mediacom's letter notifying the City of these changes.  Mediacom pays a franchise fee to the City of 5% of its gross revenues for its cable/video service and a fee of 1.75% of the same gross revenues for PEG support.  The franchise fee is paid because Mediacom occupies the public right-of-way in order to offer its service.  Mediacom pays no franchise fee for revenue its receives from its Internet or phone service.
Table of cable rates & fees