It would be one thing if there were separate companies for cable and internet. I think a lot of people would have no problem cutting the cable cord if that were the case, since you could always get entertainment from alternative means (Netflix, iTunes, Hulu+, etc.). The point I'm making is, people can live without cable, but it's not as easy to live without internet. But all too often, the cable companies control BOTH cable and internet. And as mentioned, they purposefully make it so that you basically pay the same amount for cable and internet as you would for just internet. So if you ONLY want internet, they've got you by the balls. EDIT: Here's a good opinion piece for those who think this isn't a big deal or is a good thing.