Virgin Media broadband price rises of up to £54 in 2021

Virgin Media broadband price rises of up to £54 in 2021


Virgin Media is alerting customers to forthcoming price increases for its broadband, TV and phone services.

The average rise would be 4%, it said. That is 13 times higher than the current consumer-price-inflation rate.

It plans to invest £1bn in its network this year. Virgin did not raise prices as normal in 2020, citing pandemic-related difficulties for customers.

Other internet providers are expected to announce similar - or larger - inflation-beating increases soon.

For example, BT changed its terms and conditions last year to say it would increase broadband prices by 3.9% above the first CPI rate published every year, which this year is due in 16 days.

BT's sister companies, EE and Plusnet, followed suit.

And that means their prices are likely to rise by an even higher percentage than Virgin's.

The most recent CPI rate - covering the month of November - was 0.3%, the lowest since 2016.

If it stayed at the same level for December, BT's prices will rise by 4.2% under its new rules, which it has confirmed it plans to stick with.

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