Proposed Bill in Michigan Would Alert Cable Customers About End of Promo Rate

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Cable customers in Michigan may soon be able to get a leg up on knowing when their future cable bill might increase.  A bill has been introduced within the Michigan State House that would let customers know when their promotional rate is about to expire.  We frequently see those promotions about getting a great rate for 12 months, and then after that, it has been up to consumers to keep tabs on the expiration date.

According to MLive.com, the legislation was introduced into the House by House Democratic Whip, Jeremy Moss, D-Southfield.  The bill also has twelve co-sponsors.

“The plan would keep customers from being caught unaware by price hikes and give them time to shop for better deals,” according to a Moss press release that announced the proposal.

“Many cable providers offer discounted promotional rates that are god for several months or years, but when that time is up, customers are often caught by surprise by a cable bill that’s suddenly much larger,” Moss further elaborated within the press release. “My bill would simply warn customers that the promotional period is about to end, and that their rates will soon increase.”

The bill, officially known as House Bill 4465, earned bi-partisan co-sponsors within the House, would not ask of cable companies to offer promotional rates, or spell out how long promotional periods may last, but rather “it simply gives customers information they can use to make sound financial decisions,” the release read.

Co-sponsors included Reps. Martin Howrykak, R-Troy; Kristy Pagan, D-Canton; Terry Sabo, D-Muskegon; Cara Clemente, D-Lincoln Park; Bill Sowerby, D-Clinton Township; Pam Faris, D-Clio; Sherry Gay-Degnogo, D-Detroit; Leslie Love, D-Detroit; Winnie Brinks, D-Grand Rapids; Scott Dianda, D-Calumet; Peter Lucido, R-Washington Township, and Yousef Rabhi, R-Ann Arbor.

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