CenturyLink to raise standalone, dual-play broadband bundle prices

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) residential customers are going to find a piece of coal in their service stocking this Christmas season as the telco is tacking on new fees for its standalone broadband and dual-play voice and broadband bundles.

According to an e-mail to sent to customers that was obtained by FierceTelecom, the service provider is going to raise rates on both its Consumer high speed Internet (HSI) + Voice and Consumer Pure Broadband services.

A CenturyLink spokesperson confirmed with FierceTelecom that the rates will go into effect next year.

Beginning in January, the monthly recurring charge on its Consumer HSI + Voice bundle will increase by $1. Likewise, the monthly recurring charge for the Pure Broadband service will increase by $2.

CenturyLink said that for customers on both plans that "currently receive a discount as part of a new customer promotion, your monthly discount will also be increased to offset the monthly rate increase for the duration of your promotion," but rates "will remain unchanged for customers with existing Price Lock or Price for Life promotions."

This is not the first time CenturyLink raised rates on its DSL services.

In December 2013, CenturyLink announced that it would increase the price of the standalone service by $2 per month. At that time, one customer said in a DSL Reports forum that the combination of that $2 increase and the $1 increase that the telco implemented earlier that June meant that the total price of his service jumped to $72.99 a month.

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