After years of free installs, Cablevision is reversing that trend. "Cablevision Systems will charge you a $300 up-front "activation fee" to get the new 101-Mbps downstream DOCSIS 3.0 service." Plus $34.95 one-time "professional installation fee". [multichannel]. The new service is targeted at Businesses.
The nice thing about the Duopoly is that usually if one gets away with anything, the rest follow like lemmings. So maybe installs are coming back to ease the cash flow burden.