It's all a ploy It's the cable companies response to Internet TV like Hulu and others. They are raising Internet costs to offset TV losses down the future. Don't buy their standard rhetoric.
I think cable TV providers knows that Internet TV will take over eventually. They are getting their internet price licks in now just to keep the bases covered.
What we really need is an internet alternative to the cabled internet providers. I'll bet the cabled internet providers are worried at what the cell networks could to do them as far as internet access alternatives are concerned.
Remember the price arrogance the phone companies had when they developed their own "high speed" data link called ISDN and priced that any way they wanted as often as they did?
Makes we wish I had FIOS.