Today I called our internet, cable, and landline phone provider, Frontier, to “cut the cord.” By now, most everyone has a general idea of what it means to cut the cord, though the specifics often vary from person to person. To us it meant getting rid of cable and our landline phone service. Over the next few weeks, I plan on writing a series of posts on our cord-cutting experience.
Before I get into that, let’s see how the Oxford Dictionary defines a cord cutter:
A person who cancels or forgoes a pay television subscription or landline phone connection in favour of an alternative Internet-based or wireless service:
‘the ranks of the cord cutters are growing, adding to the incipient rebellion around pay TV’
In the series, I will first tackle our motivation for cutting the cord. I’ll dig into all of the reasons why we decided to cut the cord, and perhaps some of the perceived reasons not to cut the cord. After that, I will discuss what was involved in our personal journey from a family of 6, seemingly at the mercy of the monopolistic cable company, with their hundreds of channels and prices to match, to a family of 6 happy without that overhead. Finally, I will talk our experience as cord cutters to date, and offer up all of my resources.
When it’s all said and done, if by sharing our experience, we’ve helped even one person or family decide whether or not cord cutting is right for them, then these posts will have been a success. To help keep up with the posts, here’s a handy list. I’ll add links as new posts become available.