Originally Posted by tipstir
Just way to expensive here per year!
Ah yes, monopoly power, 'tis a bitch.
We were stuck with Cox, a company that lives in a pre-Marconi time bubble, for over a decade until at long last FiOS rolled out last year. We went from paying ~$165 for 25/3, 250GB-monthly cap connection, SDVed into 1990-era gif quality "HD" channels, no HBO and a refusal to follow the FCC's directives on Cablecards to $115 for a 75/35, uncapped connection with actual HD channels, including HBO and total support for Cablecards.
Here's a link to what I had to do
years of HTPCing to watch TV on Cox. In 2011, I filed a complaint with the FCC because they hadn't rolled out Cablecard self-installs. Three months after that, Cox finally offered us a Cisco STA1520 which was so badly misconfigured that not only did it it not support the mandatory 6-simultaneous streams, but tuned the requested channel correctly less than 20percent of the time. They also increased our price by $15 as punishment for using "unsupported" equipment. A few months later, we were the first family to get FiOS in our development and that was the end of the crap from Cox.
So yes, it's expensive, but it's because someone in your local government got rich, not because it is costly to provide service in a major metro area. Follow the money trail - you'll find the person responsible for your bills.