Mediacom Regional Sports Network Surcharge
Mediacom has informed the City that on or about October 1, 2014, it will begin implementing a $1.83 per month surcharge to offset the costs of carrying various regional sports networks on its system in Dubuque (read the letter). This is similar to a local broadcast station surcharge they implemented to offset their increased costs for carrying local broadcast stations. This new surcharge will not affect people who subscribe to the broadcast basic tier, because there are no regional sports networks on that tier.
Ironically, Mediacom is offering a 30-day free trial period for a brand-new regional sports network, the SEC Network (channel 188 or HD 661). After the free trial, people may subscribe to this network by opting for the Sports and Information Tier. Because the SEC Network is in separate tier, it presumably does not account for any of the new surcharge.
Local Access Channel Changes
At the City of Dubuque's request, Mediacom will make some changes to the local public, educational, and governmental (PEG) access channels. In late September, Dubuque's two public access channels will be consolidated into one, Channel 81 (digital 85.4). The vacant channel will become a second governmental access channel which will air CityChannel Dubuque graphics and local NOAA weather radio audio.
Local PEG Channels
Local PEG Channels Starting Late September 2014
Dubuque Community Schools
On or about September 1, 2014, Mediacom will be moving the CBS Sports Network channel and its HD counterpart from the Sports & Information tier to the Family TV tier. After the change, CBS Sports Network will be on channel 171 (HD channel 662). In June 2014, Mediacom moved the following channels from the Sports & Information tier to the Digital Family Cable tier: FXX to channel 401 (HD channel 660) and Fox Sports 1 to channel 408 (HD channel 761).
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.