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Liberty P.R. to increase rates on current plans effective Feb. 1

Liberty Puerto Rico will increase rates on current television and internet packages effective Feb. 1, the company announced in a notice sent to customers.

However, clients choosing to
switch to new plans that Liberty began offering late last year will not experience
rate changes for the rest of 2019.

“As part of our commitment to
continue providing you with more value for your money, we have new plans for
2019 that we began offering on November 1, 2018,” said Liberty Puerto Rico
President Naji Khoury, who signed the notification sent via email.

“These plans…have the highest internet
speeds and the best price per mega in the market. We urge you to change to one
of these new plans, as they are undoubtedly your best option, at a fixed price
and without an increase in your bill for 2019,” he said.

Customers who choose to
continue with their current plan will see the following monthly rate adjustments
which Liberty said, “are due to the increased costs of our programming and internet
providers.”

• “Español de Primera” and “U-Pick”
television services will see a $2 increase and “Ultimate” will see a $3
increase;

• Internet services will increase
by $2, except when combined with any TV service, in which case the internet component
will increase by $1.

Liberty began making channel
changes on Jan. 1, when it added new channels — Latin American Sports and Univision
Deportes (available in “Español de Primera,” “Ultimate” and “Pick Sports”); and
Sony Movies and MGM Movies (available in “Ultimate Movies.”)

It shifted IFC and Sundance
from “Ultimate Plus” to “Ultimate;” added FXM and Watching Movies to its “Ultimate
Movies” package; and moved World Fishing Network from “HD Deluxe” to “Ultimate
Sport” and “Pick Sports.”

The following channels were
eliminated Dec. 31, 2018: Smithsonian, El Gourmet and Más Chic. The
Teleuniverso channel will be removed from Liberty’s regular line-up and will be
available individually a-la-carte.

Last year, as it rebuilt its
local network that was pummeled by Hurricane María, Liberty introduced new services
such as “Liberty Go,” “Smart Protect,” an improved “Liberty On Demand”
platform, as well as broadband plans of up to 400 Megabytes, “to provide
superior connection, the best entertainment and a unique experience,” the
company said.

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