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Micro: buying a modem one way to avoid rising cable Internet fee

By Omar L. Gallaga - American-Statesman Staff

If you’re a customer of Time Warner Cable Internet, you may have recently gotten a notice that the fee to lease a cable modem is rising from $3.95 to $5.99. The fee was originally introduced in November and prompted two class-action lawsuits.

One way to avoid the fee short of switching Internet providers it to buy your own modem instead of renting. Time Warner Cable has on its website a list of modems compatible with their service, most ranging from about $50 to $150 depending on capabilities. The sweet spot seems to be the Motorola Surfboard SB6141 for $88 (plus shipping) on Newegg.com; it works with basic broadband tiers as well as faster “DOCSIS 3.0” high-speed Internet. In a little over a year of service, a modem free of leasing fees at that price would pay for itself.

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