I took the hardware back to my cable provider today and got the service cancelled. I made sure I got a receipt for the hardware that I handed back.
She asked why. I said that they jacked up the price another $8 a month, and it made me consider what TV I watch, and I decided I would rather read a book. She asked me if I tried to get the price reduced. I said I didn't care.
And that was that. No more cable TV.
Now, I expect that the cost of Internet will start getting jacked up on me.