EchoStar Raising Rates 6%-8%

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After taunting cable operators about increasing their prices, DBS operator EchoStar is sticking its subscribers with a $2-$4 increase.

EchoStar says the hike represents an average 4.3% increase per sub.

But Sanford Bernstein analyst Craig Moffett notes that Dish Network’s popular "America’s Top 60 with Locals" package is increasing 6.7% from $29.99 to $31.99, and increases for packages without local broadcast stations top 8%.

EchoStar ads have slammed the "cable pig" for hiking rates, and even recruited picketers to demonstrate outside the offices of some cable operators "protesting" recent price increases.

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