Why Your Cable Bill Is Soaring

By Amey Stone

Remember when your cable bill was just $22 a month? Now, it's more like $45. Add on digital service, high-speed Internet access, and a set-top box that records your favorite shows, and your bill could easily climb above $130 a month (mine has). That's $1,500 a year -- enough to make any family think good and hard about the value they're getting for their money. Sticker shock is leading to growing customer dissatisfaction with cable service and higher rates of churn, say industry analysts.

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