Some Spectrum customers seeing their bills jump

BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) – Many customers are seeing red when they open their bills from Spectrum. Those customers believe the cable provider has raised their rates for broadband internet or digital phone service.

When Spectrum’s parent company, Charter Communications bought out Time Warner Cable last year to form the nation’s second largest cable provider, both companies agreed to a laundry list of conditions, including warning customers of any upcoming changes in services offered, or rates.

That comes as a surprise to some customers in western New York, according to WIVB. 

Consumer advocates suspected the merger of the two cable companies could lead to better quality, better customer service, but it would come at a price–rate hikes–and now a number of customers are telling us, that is what is happening, and without warning.

In the past Time Warner Cable customers have complained about rate hikes, but in reality, they actually had a low promotional rate that expired, and their bill just went back to the regular price.

A Charter Communications spokesman issued a statement, by email, saying when those promotional rates expire, customers can change to a new Spectrum package—which he contends would be a better bargain–or stick with their old Time Warner Cable package, at the regular rate. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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