I assume many users will just grumble a bit and say, "Well, I need the Internet what am I going to do?". Thankfully, Time Warner gave us an option and I think my audience is a little smarter than the average bear so I hope you'll seize this opportunity.
If you visit this website, you'll see list of approved modems for our area.
If you are a turbo/extreme user (ie, overpaying for service but that's another story) you can get the
at Amazon for about $130. Given that the rental fee is going to cost about $50/year (assuming it never goes up) it would take about 2 - 3 years before you're in the the black. You can find refurbished models for around $100 on eBay, so that might be an option.
However, I presume that the vast majority of users are on a basic/standard plan which can be served quite well by the
which goes for $65 on Amazon. However, it might be even better to buy the more advanced SB5101U for a very reasonable $55.
At that price you will be in the black in roughly 14 months. So, you can agree to hand over $4/mth for the rest of your life to Time Warner for the right to "lease" their modem or you can declare a little cable independence by buying your own modem for about $55.
Let me know if you decide to move buy your own in the comments!
PS - thanks to all of the readers that have stopped by my new venture in the mall - www.nnymath.com. Classes are filling up but we're always making room for new students. Stop by or send me note with any questions.
Quotes from students this past weekend:
"I told my Mom we were working with Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate at NNY Math."
"I extinguished a candle with CO2 and everyone thought it was a magic trick!"