WASHINGTON — The price of cable television service increased 6.7% during the first six months of rate deregulation, according to a survey released Monday by an industry group.
The study by the National Cable Television Assn. found the price of basic service--which includes local broadcast stations and a few cable networks like CNN, ESPN and C-SPAN--rose 10.6%. The survey also showed that operators have added slightly to the number of basic channels.
At the same time, the price of premium channels--those that subscribers pay extra to receive--dropped 2.3%, the survey found.
Overall, the average subscriber's bill went up from $21.59 to $23.04, or about 6.7%, during the period between December, 1986, and June, 1987, the report said.
Additionally, cable subscribership has remained unchanged since the changes last December, which "suggests that deregulation has not diminished consumers' interest in cable television," the association's report said.