Man builds house, then finds out cable Internet will cost $117,000

photo: Cole Marshall, Ars Technica

Cole Marshall had been looking for land to buy starting in 2012, and found the nearly 1-acre lot he’d ultimately purchase in 2013. The property is just outside the city limits of Sun Prairie, a city of about 30,000 residents, but has a Sun Prairie address and zip code. “We’re surrounded by fields, so technically you’d call it rural,” Marshall said. The city is expanding, though, and “eventually there’s going to be plenty of houses.” Despite not being in a densely populated area, Marshall said the lot was advertised as “cable-ready.” Before committing to the purchase, Marshall said, “I looked on Charter’s website, and I typed in the address of the lot, and it said, ‘yep, we can service you.’” – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica