Ouch! Time Warner Debuts $3.95 Monthly Modem Charge

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Feel like paying an additional $3.95 per month for a cable modem with Time Warner Cable?

Well, the cable provider recently began rolling out the new charge, according to a report from PCWorld.com. And although the initiative was announced back in October, it didn’t necessarily go into effect in some areas until last month.

“As of October 15, 2012, an Internet Modem Lease Fee will be applied to Time Warner Cable provided Internet modems at the rate of $3.95 per month,” read a portion of text previously addressed to customers.

However, there is a workaround. Users can surpass the fees by using their own modems – that is, if they’re approved by the cable company. Alternative models are available from Motorola, Zoom and Netgear. To view approved devices, visit: twc.com/approveddevices.