Cutting the TV Cable, and Hidden Rental Warning

We are THRILLED with our roof antennas:…

We use Cox Internet, nothing else. No HBO, no phone lines.

On our second story, we have the antennas set up so that one points toward Mount Soledad, and the other points toward Mount Helix. This gives us ALL local channels, in high-definition digital quality. We use a TiVo box to record the shows that we want and like. We use an AppleTV to stream video such as movies.


Beware if your cable modem looks like this:

1. You don’t want an old Motorola like this one. REPLACE IT. They are nasty… slow, buggy and have been obsolete for fifteen years. Cox wants you to use one, because it gives you slow Internet, when you are paying for fast Internet.

2. Check your Cox cable bill, very carefully. If the portion of your bill mentioning “High Speed Internet” includes the word “rental” anywhere, you are being screwed, badly. One of my clients paid $3606 renting this terrible modem since 1993. By law in California, you are allowed to own your own cable modem.


– Get a new Motorola cable modem at Costco (or anywhere online) for about seventy bucks. It’s using “DOCSIS 3.0”, which means that it will remain as fast as the cable company, no matter what (unlike AT&T). I am getting around 72Mb/s with mine. Cox very nicely and suddenly raised my Internet speed for free, because AT&T was starting to make a lot of converts in the area. Competition is good.

– Call Cox at (619) 262-1122, tell them that you have bought your own cable modem, and don’t let them off the phone until it is functioning sweetly.

– Before you hang up, if you ARE renting the old one, ask them for the address where you should drop off the old one. Until they get it back, they will keep charging you.

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