Tavares, FL Jan. 4, 2014
Comcast users in Lake County: This article indicates Comcast is raising rental modem rates
- did you get such a notice if you rent their modem. Rates are supposed to be going up from $8/month to $10/month, including some Florida markets.
I am not sure if rates are going up nationally or just in the Denver market. I have my own modem, so I don't rent from them. They raised my internet only connection $15 recently to $40/month (no TV). The Denver Fox report above recommends BUYING your modem if you are renting. I did that 3 years ago, and have the modem they discuss, the Motorola SB 6121. It costs about $70 at Office Depot and you have to install it yourself Motorola and Comcast instructions.
However, I did have an earlier Motorola modem and it overheated and dropped connections so I replaced it after some troubleshooting to isolate that problem was the modem and not Comcast. The current modem works find, and I unplug it and my separare wifi router every night to reduce the heat effects.
My understanding is Comcast is now renting "modems" combined with a router, made by a FRENCH firm in the US (ARRIS?). My recollection is that they modem allows outsiders to connect via your modem wifi (since the router portion is a wifi unit also) for free wifi.
Thus if you have one of those rental modems, ask Comcast. I don't think they use your account, but a separate one, but they USE your bandwidth and other Comcast customers can connect. So, if you don't want all that, you need to buy a good modem and a separate router that provides wifi if you need it.
HERE is another article about the rental modem fee hikes. Nothing like having a monopoly.
Here is another article how a techie replaced his Comcast rental modem. <<< However, I would only buy a new modem, not a used one.