Stop Renting Gear From Your Cable Company

Stop Renting Gear From Your Cable Company

Check your cable bill and see if you can save some money. Yesterday, a law that Congress passed last year went into effect prohibiting cable companies from charging you a fee if you own your modem or router. More importantly, you can now purchase your own modem and router and return the substandard combo unit your cable company was charging you for. This applies whether you are a triple play customer (video, voice, and data) or a cord-cutter that just has internet access. Your Internet service provider will have a list of approved equipment you can purchase online from any vendor and install yourself.

I’ll be saving $15 per month on my plan with the added bonus of not being charged for equipment I already own. In a year when every little bit helps, this is a big win for consumers.

Author’s note: This is not a sponsored post. I am the author of this article and it expresses my own opinions. I am not, nor is my company, receiving compensation for it.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is a business advisor and technology consultant. He helps Fortune 500 companies with digital transformation, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn's Top Voice in Technology, he is the co-host of "Think About This with Shelly Palmer & Ross Martin." He covers tech and business for Good Day New York, writes a weekly column for Adweek, is a regular commentator on CNN and CNBC, and writes a popular daily business blog. Follow @shellypalmer or visit



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