As an unregulated monopoly in this service area, Time Warner has free rein to raise prices whenever it pleases, and it certainly has taken advantage of that situation.

Since September 2013, my cable charges have increased by approximately 30 percent, with no premium channels and no additional equipment.

A recent issue of Consumer Reports presented statistics demonstrating that in the period from 1998 to 2012, the average cable bill has risen nearly $1,800 more than if the rate were pegged to inflation.

That same issue ranked Time Warner 16th of 17 cable providers in customer satisfaction.

I shudder to consider what rates may be if the proposed merger with Comcast is approved.

Gary Reed