If you've compared the services and fees of several Internet and TV providers, you can possibly use this information to lower your rate -- even if you don't make a switch.
Sometimes, when you call your provider to cancel, you'll be offered a promotional rate that can slash your bill by one-third for as long as three to six months. Although it's not always necessary, it can go a long way to be kind to the customer service representative on the other end of the line. It also helps to show that you've done your homework. Be ready to cite other providers by name, as well as their subscriber fees, and know what promotional offers your current provider is offering to new customers. If there isn't a money-saving promotion at the moment, be sure to check again in a few weeks. Some subscriber services offer quarterly promotions [source: Miller].