It may sound funny, but NEGOTIATE with your cable company about your bill. Call them, spend the 45 Minutes on hold waiting to talk to a representative (HA Ya, usually not a lot of Reps taking calls) as it may be worth it. As more options for consumers develop over time, cable companies has authorized their Reps to "add discounts" or have special packages to retain customers. So how do you get access to this discounts?
You need to ask! If you don't call and complain about your bill you will never be considered for a discount. The cable company doesn't go around giving discounts to "happy" customers as they are just giving away profits. So don't act like a happy customer, but don't be mean either or the Rep will not care (their employer will) if you leave their service so they don't ever have to talk to you again. Here is a tip (follow in this order):
Hopefully by now, you have managed to reduce your current cable bill, or find some alternative solutions to reduce your costs.
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If you don't stream videos and play real-time games on-line, you might not need the bandwidth of your cable company. If you only use Email or use your web browser to pay bills while online, get a quote from a DSL company to check the difference. These services generally start at $20/Month for 15 Mbps to 40Mbps and go up with additional bandwidth. You might even be able to replace your Cable service with DSL, get the same speed at a lower price.
Learn about what is an Internet Service Provider (ISP)! Your cable company is likely your ISP and you could be paying more for services you don't need. ISP is the important connection between you and the internet, but your cable company may be providing more service to you than you need, at your expense.
Provided by your Cable Company, internet service through cable (or fiber optics) will give you the fastest experience. Stick with the higher end internet bandwidth if you stream movies, watch videos online, or download a lot of software/music.
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