Can Cord Cutters Have Cable Internet?

Is it cord cutting if you pay the cable company for Internet? I believe there are a few ways someone can cut the cord.

When I first hired on here at Solid Signal, I learned about the cord cutting revolution. Stuart Sweet explained that this means replacing cable with an over-the-air TV antenna. This process is “cord cutting,” he said, and the people who do this are “cord cutters.”

I can’t help but wonder if OTA TV antenna owners truly have sole dominion over this title?

What about TV antenna owners who receive Internet services from their local cable provider? The purists might say that anyone who pays the cable TV company for anything can’t be a cord cutter. I like to look for those sections of grey that exist between the black and the white of things.

In my opinion, OTA folks who get Internet from the cable company are cord cutters. Why? Because cable companies love to bundle their TV, Internet, phone, and other services to make people wholly dependent upon them. Cutting cable TV says you don’t appreciate cable’s efforts at monopolizing your life. This is why I consider people with streaming services to be cord cutters, too. They might need Internet for their streaming device, but their relationship with cable ends there.

Then there’s the debate over whether those with satellite TV are cord cutters or not.

The purists probably will say “no.” They’ll say satellite TV users have “traded one cord for another.” This ignores satellite TV’s benefits over cable – superior picture quality and programming choices. And they’re not paying the cable company for any of it. In many states, DIRECTV users get Internet through AT&T. While AT&T is a cable provider, DIRECTV customers who only use it for Internet service avoid the rest of the “bundle” that would bind them to cable. That’s cord cutting, as far as I’m concerned.

Cutting the cord is more than just “sticking it to the man.” The revolution is all about finding the most and best services for you and your family at the best possible price. With wages staying stagnant yet the cost of living inching ever upwards, families are forced to stretch each dollar. Cord cutting, in whatever form, becomes an economical solution for many. It’s all about that value, which is why cord cutting is here to stay!

Definitions of words and terms aren’t set in stone. The meanings of words change as a result of how people use these words. Take “cool,” for example. It could describe ice cream or James Dean, and each definition means something different. The word “decimate” has changed over the years, too. It originally meant reducing something by one-tenth; now it’s used to define total destruction. Why can’t “cord cutting” and “cord cutter” be redefined?

So, can those who get cable Internet still be called cord cutters? I say yes because these folks get their TV from sources other than their local cable provider. I also believe that anyone with satellite TV or streaming service is a cord cutter for the same reason.

What’s your opinion on this issue?

About the Author

Jake Buckler
Jake Buckler is a cord-cutter, consumer electronics geek, and Celtic folk music fan. Those qualities, and his writing experience, helped him land a copywriting gig at Signal Group, LLC. He also contributes to The Solid Signal Blog.