[Brian X. Chen](http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/02/time-warner-cable-modem-rental/):
>Time Warner Cable, the big broadband and cable provider, is planning to start charging customers a monthly fee of $3.95 for renting a cable modem from the company. It said in notifications mailed to customers this week that the new fee would go into effect over the next two months.
I am linking to the fourteenth episode of The B&B Podcast where Shawn and I talked about cable modems. The bottom line is that you want to buy your own — they aren’t much money, rarely fail, and don’t line the pockets of greedy cable companies. [You can check if Time Warner supports it here](http://www.timewarnercable.com/nynj/support/topic.ashx/Buy+or+Lease+Your+Modem), also most cable modem manufacturers tell you where it is compatible. I personally only use Motorola Surfboard Modems.