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I've seen some pretty junky RG-59 cable.
If it's not well shielded, they WOULD have to shut you down, due to egress (outgoing leakage from the cable).
Most likely, though, they are worried about line losses, which can cause problems (especially with internet), which result in expensive "truck rolls" on their part.
If you want to DIY, go ahead and use the best stuff you can (RG-6/U Quad, compression fittings, good splitters, etc) and then sit back and enjoy it. Your time is worth more than the difference in costs between off-brand/inferior materials, and the good stuff. Of course, you don't need the "gold-plated, made by monks, from virgin copper" uber-expensive stuff, but use the same quality as the Cable company is currently using.
Ken English, Sr. Engineer, KSL-TV.
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