Just about every television provider has had pissing contests with the broadcasting companies over the past decade, and as a result fees have gone up. This will be no different. It's not just a TWC thing. DirecTV did it. Dish Network did it. I'm sure Fios has done it too. I cut the chord and cancelled DirecTV for the summer, and will probably (very reluctantly) go to TWC when hockey season starts, only because I can just use the CableCard with an HD Homerun and skip all the set top box fees and junk, thus saving some money.
If Fios was available in my area (Cheektowaga-Buffalo border), I'd do that instead. However, it looks like that won't happen for a while. Verizon said they're not expanding the service anymore in the near future. It sucks. I can get Fios internet if I want it, but at this stage there is no point.