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Petitioning Vice President, Financial Operations, Comcast Corporation Joseph F. DiTrolio and 13 others

COMCAST: Drop the new $7 "equipment fee" for online access

Staying connected has just become more expensive – at least for Comcast Business Class Internet customers. The largest cable operator in the U.S. has quietly added an equipment fee to its high-speed Business Class Internet service. The additional $7 fee (plus taxes) was implemented in December 2011 and will appear on new invoices to cover the “wear and tear” of modems, according to a Comcast customer service representative. The new fee will be charged regardless of age of the modem, so even customers that did not see any equipment fees in the past will notice a substantial price hike.

"At Comcast, we strive to minimize passing expenses on to our customers. However, from time to time it is necessary to increase certain fees in order to keep pace with the costs of running our business," Comcast says on its website here. "In the last several years, we have made significant upgrades to our network, customer equipment and software in order to provide a fast and reliable experience for our Business Class customers."

Comcast is the largest home Internet service provider in the United States. It also offers cable television and telephone service to both residential and commercial customers. In January 2011, the Philadelphia based company acquired a majority stake in media conglomerate NBC Universal, after seeing revenue increases of 51% to $14.3 billion, from $9.53 billion. Comcast has significant holding in several cable networks, including E! Entertainment Television, G4, Style Network, and The Golf Channel. The company is active in 39 states and the District of Columbia.

We are calling on Comcast to drop their new "equipment rental" fee, which essentially increases the costs for internet services by upto 12% over previous month's charges.

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This petition was delivered to:
  • Vice President, Financial Operations, Comcast Corporation
    Joseph F. DiTrolio
  • Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer, Comcast Corporation
    Michael J. Angelakis
  • Executive Vice President, Comcast Corporation
    Stephen B. Burke
  • Vice President, Corporate Communications, Comcast Corporation
    Jennifer Khoury Newcomb
  • President, Comcast/NBC Universal, Washington, D.C., Comcast Corporation
    Kyle E. McSlarrow
  • Senior Vice President and Treasurer, Comcast Corporation
    William E. Dordelman
  • Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Comcast Corporation
    Arthur R. Block, Esq.
  • Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Comcast Corporation
    D'Arcy F. Rudnay
  • Vice President, Administration, Comcast Corporation
    Karen Dougherty Buchholz
  • Managing Director & Head of Funds, Comcast Ventures and Senior Vice President, Comcast Corporation
    Amy Banse
  • Executive Vice President, Comcast Corporation
    David L. Cohen
  • Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Comcast Corporation
    Ralph J. Roberts
  • Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning, Comcast Corporation
    Mark A. Coblitz
  • Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Comcast Corporation
    Brian L. Roberts

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