Didn't think it's so expensive in USA, around here I am paying about $15 US for 15/2 internet and 50 channel basic package IPTV and less than $4 US for cell phone service, 300 minutes free. Only problem is that high end internet is scarce, fiber only downtown in few larger cities. When I first stated with internet it was dial-up only at 1440 Baud.
For TV and phone included that isn't too bad. I use a separate satellite system for TV but thinking of changing to an "all in" package as these are definitely cheaper these days (at least in most of EU and EEA countries).
The drawback with the all in systems is that you usually have to pay a 15 - 20 EUR a month for "Line Rental" for a phone service that I really don't want and probably never use -- Mobile phone is more than OK -- I have my own one, a Works one and a spare basic simple emergency Pay as you Go "El cheapo" old fashioned one.
All the packages I see don't allow you to opt out of the phone service which rather reduces the value -- you often see amazingly cheap broadband deals but there is always small print saying price is xxxx including yyyy line rental !!!! which makes the original offer not so attractive.
Fixed Lines these days are really "Dinosaur Technology" -- Who really ever uses these any more -- even on long distance or International calls you can use things like SKYPE on a mobile so the old idea that fixed line calls are cheaper than mobile is total B/S - plus it costs a lot of money to maintain a lot of this old infrastructure - even if you can find engineers who still know how to service this old kit.
You misunderstood my post. The $50-$60 part is approx what my internet portion is. My total bill for TV, internet and phone is $175 a month. That's 2 cable boxes total, 1 is an HD DVR, 1 is just an HD box. I also have HBO and am getting a $25 monthly discount after calling to complain when my bill increased after my previous discount expired.
We keep a land line albeit a VOIP connection because we are in flight path of Detroit metro airport and cell phone coverage is seriously impaired because of this.
I just looked at my provider, Wide Open West in Michigan. If you only get inet, standard price is $42 for 2Mbps, $52 for 15/1, $72 for 30/3 and $92 for $50/5.
I am grandfathered into a 15/2 plan. My only other provider is Comcast, but I will pay anything to avoid that. Uverse is possible, but they don't guarantee high speeds because of the distance away from the service point that I am away.
And I don't live in the sticks, I'm 5 miles north of Detroit Metro airport in metropolitan Detroit.