ATLANTA -- Metro-area Comcast customers will experience a hike in rates starting October 1.

According to a statement from Brian Farley, a spokesperson from Comcast:

"Despite working hard to keep down our prices, we are continuing to experience increased costs, including rising programming expenses, while also investing in next-generation technologies that deliver new innovations. Customers today are demanding and getting more value than before and more service from Comcast, and they're using more of it: more high-definition programming, more video on demand, more channels, more sports, more content available on multiple devices like smartphones and tablets. This year alone, we've added 15 new channels in in metro Atlanta - including Disney Junior, ShopNBC and ESPN Goal Line - and made our programming available on additional screens. And over the past few years, we've locally invested $75 million in our network to deliver those next generation services.

Cable continues to be one of the best values for consumers' entertainment dollars. At just a few dollars a day, cable is about the price of a cup of coffee and significantly less expensive than taking a family to the movies or a sporting event."

Customers willbe chargeda $3 increase on their monthly bills. Comcast was unclear about how this increase will appear on invoices or why the increase was put in place.

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