I'm not sure if people have been receiving postcards in the mail like the irate New York market TWC customers have been (who are actually suing over the fee), but the following appeared on my last statement in the mice-type section no one usually reads:
When you visit that link, you'll see a list of "approved devices" one can purchase and install themselves to avoid the impendingBeginning with your next bill, an Internet Modem Lease Fee will be applied to Time Warner Cable provided internet modems at the rate of $3.95 per month. If you would like to use your own modem, visit twc.com/approveddevices for a list of approved modems.
The king daddy of DOCSIS 2.0 modems, and one Time Warner is most likely going to charge you nearly $47 a year to rent, is the Motorola SURFboard SB5101U. This is currently the TWC-issued model I have and it's been rock-steady for me for years. Currently you can find them new on Amazon for about $49, though if you act fast before all the other TWC customers get wise, you can find used and refurbished models for as low as $25.
Of course, there are many who will rightly cry foul and look to switch providers. AT&T U-Verse is the main alternate player in this area, and equivalent plans are pretty much the same unless you can get a deal that, very likely, is only going to last a few months to a year tops anyways. Personally, Time Warner is the only option for me that isn't DSL, and I've never considered DSL a viable option for my needs. I don't have pay TV, so we're a heavily streaming video-based family. Ironically for me, AT&T U-Verse considers my house an island in my neighborhood, the only one that shows as ineligible by address.
UPDATE: I haven't activated my own self-purchased modem yet, but I'm also hearing a rumor that TWC will also charge you to activate one (not sure if it's one-time or monthly). If you have insight, leave a comment below or email firstname.lastname@example.org!
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