said by 88615298: That is because the fee used to be part of the price you were paying. the rental was not free it was all ready included.
All cable companies charge a fee for their STBs. In fact so do DirecTv and Dish Network. But charge for a cable modem and oh god forbid all hell breaks loose. I'm not seeing the difference. Don't get me wrong I love free hit as much as the next guy but I'm seeing how this is different. Same people complaining about $4 are the same ones gladly paying $20 a month for a DVR. Which to me is a rip off.