Last week I got an ominous email in my inbox.....as bold and brass as a Mafia Don telling me he's offering me a deal "I can't refuse". Specifically, Cox Cable has announced that, under my 1 Terabyte per month cable plan, in the future I will be subject to a $10 dollar charge for each 50 Gigs I go over my plan limit.
While you might think that proposal reasonable, hear me out here. My Cox Cable package includes both TV and Internet. For those two services I am currently operating under a temporary grace period, paying $150 a month, with a big increase scheduled for next April. In contemplating that, I've been thinking seriously about cutting the TV cord and streaming Netflix and Amazon Prime for my viewing needs.
Except that "Mafia Mail" I just received put a huge kibosh on my plan. As of now, while paying for Cable TV, I'm using only a tenth of my limit. That sounds good, huh? After all, I only watch a little U Tube occasionally, and access my Amazon Prime an hour or so a week. But, if I begin streaming Netflix in an effort to cut out my cable TV charges, Cox will simply gouge me with their proprietary internet surcharges...at $10 bucks a pop! Plus, if I don't buy their TV package, Cox says my internet charge doubles!
Let's face it folks, if you're into media, Cable's got us all by the balls.
Sad. Damned Sad.