It's understandable why the cable companies are not to thrilled with this proposal from the FCC. This is basically a slap in the face telling them "you don't get to keep cheating customers out of their hard earned cash". And it's true, they do steal our money. Considering some have few alternatives if any, people are force to have to pay for these set top boxes in order to use the services they are already paying for. This is the equivalent of paying McDonald's for the wrapper around my burger in order for me to get it but if I don't pay for the wrapper they won't give me my burger.
Its the same with cellphone companies like MetroPCS who charges me a fee to pay by phone or online and in person but that one is the cheapest. In a time where everything is paid online we have to pay in order to pay a bill? How is that even legal?
It's time for the cable companies to free us from their set top box restraints. We already can buy our own modems and routers for Internet service, I don't see why I can't do the same with a cable set top box.
To be honest though to a certain extent I don't care since the only reason I have cable its because it makes my Internet bill cheaper. Somehow its cheaper to have both Internet and cable than Internet alone. Go figure. Still, if I every really wanted to use it I shouldn't have to pay a fee to use a service I already pay for. Imagine if phone companies required us to pay a fee to connect the phone to their network. Wait, they probably do, never mind.
Some internet companies, like CenturyLink, require you to use their modem/router (at least here in San Diego). That's one of the reasons why I went with Time Warner Cable instead.