The Ohio Department of Commerce says the end of the year is a good time to closely examine cable television bills for any upcoming rate increases.
Department officials say many cable companies raise rates at the beginning of a year. Ohio law requires cable providers to give consumers written notice of any rate increase 30 days in advance. Some providers also may offer holiday or promotional pricing to attract new subscribers. Department officials say people should not hesitate to contact their cable companies to see if they can match or better another company's offer.