The state's Department of Commerce says the end of the year is a good time for Ohioans to closely examine their cable television bills for any upcoming rate increases.
Commerce 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. Those notifications could appear on November or December bills.
Commerce Director Andre Porter says some providers also may offer holiday or promotional pricing to attract new subscribers.
Department officials say Ohioans should not hesitate to contact their current cable companies to see if they can match or better another company's offer.
Ohioans with questions or concerns regarding their cable service can contact the department's consumer hotline at 1-800-686-7826.