I am currently paying almost $90 a month for basic cable and slow cable internet, because I have no choice, because my unnamed service provider has a monopoly on cable tv in my area. naturally i have no love for my service provider.
When my cable was installed, the guy took about an hour to do it. He spent a bunch of time messing with stuff in the basement and failing, until he finally (this definately seemed like a back-up plan) came up to my apartment and ripped open a panel in the wall in one of my closets. Exposed were 3 cable wires running up presumably to the apartments above. Using a splitter, he tapped me into one of the lines running from the basement, through my wall and above. That is how I have had cable.
Recently, I lost my connection to both cable and internet. The provider did not know why, AND COULD NOT SEND SOMEONE OVER UNTIL 9 DAYS LATER! My own theory is that I had been sharing cable with one of the other apts, and the other guy turned his off.
Anyway, after feeling abused by my provider, I did everything i could to figure out why I wasn't getting tv or internet, but concluded the problem extended beyond the interior of my apartment. So I said what the hell, and used the splitter to split a different wire.
Now I have perfect cable and internet.
My conscious is clean, since my provider is a bastard and i assume my neighbor's cable is working (why would my end of the splitter work better than his?). The company is expected to finally show up this saturday to look at my problem. My question is this:
Should I cancel my cable and internet subscription, and use this one?
To answer this question, these two questions must be answered:
1. Am I screwing over my neighbor at all in this?
2. Is this detectable?