Not a surprise that Time Warner made this announcement now that Google is headed to the area.
> The Center for Copyright Information has stated that it will be rolling out its infringement warning platform, dubbed the Copyright Alert System (CAS), “in the coming weeks.” Originally announced last year, the Copyright Alert System will be used to deliver infringement notices from content owners to ISP users that illegally download copyrighted material. While the initial notices will be purely informational, internet service providers will take extra action on repeat offenders. The punishment for those who refuse to change their ways will vary based on the individual ISP — ranging from requiring the subscriber to review “educational material” to throttling data speeds, [or even cancellation, if the carrier so decides.]
Decisions like this by Internet providers make me really reevaluate my opposition to net neutrality legislation.
I have not received a notification yet, but apparently it is rolling out across the country. [Time Warner Cable did post a list of approved modems](http://www.timewarnercable.com/en/residential-home/support/topics/internet/buy-or-lease-your-modem.html) if you want to purchase a modem instead of paying a monthly rental fee. I purchased the [Motorola Surfboard SB6141](http://www.amazon.com/Motorola-SurfBoard-SB6141-DOCSIS-Cable/dp/B007IMPMW4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1349458005&sr=8-1&keywords=SB6141)[^fn1] the other day for $100, but prices seem to be climbing daily since the announcement. Before long, the [Motorola SURFboard Gateway SBG6580](http://www.amazon.com/Motorola-SURFboard-Gateway-SBG6580-Wireless/dp/B0040IUI46/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1349458101&sr=1-1&keywords=SBG6580), that includes wireless networking, might end up being the cheaper alternative[^fn2]
[^fn1]: Affiliate Link
[^fn2]: I did not select this modem because I have no intention of replacing my Airport Extreme. Also, I prefer to have the modem and wireless separate so that if one goes down, I only have to replace that device that went down.
> But this quarter’s losses were stark for DirecTV, which lost customers for the first time ever, and for Time Warner, who lost customers for the tenth straight quarter and lost more than analysts expected. Comcast’s loss of 169,000 customers was actually an improvement over previous quarters. The losses were chalked up more to the economy rather than “cord-cutters” dropping TV service entirely.
Pay television providers are getting closer and closer to the line where people decide the price is just not worth it for the product they’re getting. The “cord cutting” concept[^fn1] seems to be limited to the tech community, but if the economy stays were it is and services like Netflix continue adding quality content, more and more people might consider it.
[^fn1]: Where people cut all traditional cable television services