Want to Cut the TV Cord? Should You Dump Internet Too?

Many of the U.S.'s biggest cable companies are starting to feel the sting of rejection as more and more subscribers "cut the cord" in favor of subscription television and streaming services. In fact, the number of "cord cutters" across the U.S. increased by a full third last year, now totaling more than 33 million American adults.

If you're considering joining the ranks of other cable cutters, there are a few things to take into account before you make your final call to your cable provider—most notably, how you'll be able to support television streaming services without home internet. Should you keep your current package or try to renegotiate? Read on for some of the factors you'll want to consider when deciding whether to keep or drop your home internet service.

Your Need for Home Internet

If you live in an area where free Wi-Fi zones tend to overlap each other, it's entirely possible that this free wireless access will provide you with all the home internet you need. However, free or public Wi-Fi won't usually support data-intensive activities like streaming media; if you're planning to replace your cable package with television subscription services, you'll usually need some form of backup internet other than publicly available wireless.

Of course, there are some who plan to give up non-network television entirely; for these people, assuming they work outside the home, going entirely without home internet can be a budget-friendly and relatively convenient option.

Your Alternatives

If you've decided you need some internet access at home, you still have options other than going with your current cable company.

First, you may want to investigate your wireless carrier's internet options. Often, you can bundle the cost of high-speed internet in with your cell phone bill; as an alternative, you may be able to get a mobile hot spot to use your cellular data plan's data in lieu of cable internet.

Next, it may be helpful to see what other cable providers service your market. If you have more than one possible internet provider, this makes it much easier to compare rates and make sure you're getting the best possible deal.

Finally, if you've exhausted your other options, consider renegotiating your existing package with your cable company. To avoid losing your business, they may offer you a customer loyalty discount or package promotion that will reduce your monthly bill to a much more manageable level. Even if you're sure you want to get rid of your television option, you may still qualify for an internet bundle that is lower than the list price.

For more information about internet and Wi-Fi service, contact an internet provider.