About the upcoming rate hikes The rate hikes will mainly be on equipment rentals outside of the NY Metro Area which covers NY, NJ. The increase will be $2 increase on cable box rentals as i was informed from a friend who works there. Also they will be adding more upload bandwith and download bandwith. Verizon is preparing to make sure that when cable companies deploy docsis 3 , that their speeds would still be well ahead of the competition. Especially, as since nowadays people have multiple devices in the home and share the network. What would be better for a family using 4-6 connected devices at the same time - speeds from cable of maybe say 20 megs download and 5 upload when you can get 75 megs download and 75 megs upload as an example. I heard from this friend, they will increase the upload speed dramatcially.