Is your web service supplier charging you each month for the cable modem or router that you bought with your personal cash? Or, maybe, have you ever by no means bothered to purchase these objects since you couldn’t escape the charge? That charge will likely be unlawful beginning Sunday, December 20th, and it’s best to inform your ISP that you simply’ll now not tolerate it, threaten to sue, and/or benefit from any binding arbitration clause it could have with you.

Final yr, Congress handed a legislation that ought to have fastened this ridiculous loophole as of June 20th, 2020 — and although the FCC managed to extend the deadline six months by spinning up some bullshit about how cable corporations didn’t have the resources to stop charging you money, the legislation ought to take full impact tomorrow.

Do observe that the actual text of the law nonetheless permits some BS to happen. In case your ISP sends you a router, you’ll must return it to keep away from fees.

Frontier particularly has been infamous for charging prospects $10 a month for his or her gear “whether you use it or not” — the corporate’s phrases, not mine — however Frontier is clearly conscious it received’t be capable of do this anymore. Beginning this month, the company’s equipment page has modified to take away the half the place it talks in regards to the necessary charge. Here’s an archived copy of the site from last month if you wish to evaluate.

If you should buy your personal cable modem, I counsel you do. Modems will usually pay for themselves in lower than a yr, and the all-in-one router packing containers that ISPs usually present usually provide worse Wi-Fi protection than you might simply add to a home your self, notably now that mesh Wi-Fi programs are higher, cheaper, and simpler to make use of than ever earlier than.

It additionally doesn’t assist that within the US, we pay roughly eight to 17 occasions extra to hire a modem on common that Asia and Europe do, respectively. That’s simply one of the ways America’s internet needs to be fixed in 2021.

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