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The cable company is of course, not required to provide service to anyone who does not agree to pay the installation cost. Cable is largely unregulated at present, and even when it was regulated, I remember they told my local Elks Lodge that if we wanted cable TV at our new lodge on the outskirts of town, we had to pay them $1,600 to run the line.
Back when customers were not permitted to make their own internal connections and splits, the cable company was responsible for the signal strength of every wallplate, but now, I think they only are responsible to guarantee a certain strength and quality to the demark point, so if that is now the case, then it seems to me that they are obligated to make that demark point accessible to the customer.
I stopped following the dereg/rereg of cable back around the time they issued the first or second Internal Wiring Order, so I can't give you the definitive word on what has evolved/devolved since then, but if your local cable service is still a monopoly, then I would think that your city hall still has some authority over their practices and if they do, then they might be able to nudge the cable company to get you access to your own demark point. If you have to negotiate this on your own, then I advise you to heed the advice I gave earlier regarding strengthening your negotiating position by threatening to change providers. If there isn't another wired provider, then make sure that your ultimatum letter mentions the name of a satellite or wireless internet provider if you are also getting internet from this company
Last edited by AntAltMike; 07-18-2014 at 04:24 PM.