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 the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit


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