said by SHoTTa35 :charter is seeing the other cable companys get away with stuff, if you think cablevision aint lookin into caps or somthin like that you got another thing comein
Cablevision in the North East doesn't charge modem fees, hell when I called up to activate my Motorola SB6180 they promptly reminded me I can just return that modem and i'll get one from in the mail overnighted for free and no montly fee. The service price also haven't changed since forever also as it's still 29.99 for the first year of internet, then after that it goes to the regular $45.95. This is how it's been for the past 5yrs or so. When I first signed up in 1998 we had to buy our own modems from Nobody Beats the Wiz - Had a 3Com Sharkfin then for my 10/1Mbps service.
Saying all that to hope Charter is thinking of doing the samething, so cross your fingers.