How to Cancel
Your Cable

A Step-By-Step Guide on
How to Avoid Cancellation Fees

Are you ready to break free from your overpriced cable contract but worried about paying expensive cancellation fees? If so, we’ve got you covered. Here’s how to cut the cord and cancel you cable contract with your cable provider without breaking the bank.


Understand The Cancellation Fees


When you sign up for service with a cable company, they usually have you agree to a term of service contract that states how long you must keep the service active. And if you try to cancel your cable contract early, most providers will charge you an early termination fee (ETF.) 

Listed below are a few common cancellation penalties that big-name cable companies have:

  • They will charge you a fee for every month left on your contract.
  • They will charge one large sum at the time of cancellation.
  • They will charge you both a large sum at the time of cancellation and a fee for every month left on your agreement.


Unfortunately, these fees are expensive and are used to manipulate you into staying with them.  If you want to cancel your cable contract without paying an arm and a leg, here are some tips to help you do just that.

Tips on How to Avoid Cancellation Fees

On top of the already expensive monthly payments, the unexpected price increases, and the less-than-stellar connectivity you experience with your cable provider, you shouldn’t also have to pay a pesky cancellation fee. You may think there is no way of getting out of your cable contract without penalty, but we encourage you to try some of our tips below and leave your cable company in the dust.

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1. Review Your Cable Contract

The first thing you should do if you want to cancel your cable contract early without penalty is review the terms and conditions of your contract. This is because a clause may be relevant to you that would force your cable provider to waive any cancellation fees.

Some common examples include:

  • An unexpected increase in fees
  • Constant service outages
  • Breach of contract


2. Speak to a Customer Service Representative

If you can’t find any clauses in your contract allowing a fee waiver, the next best option is to speak with a customer service representative. It’s important to remember that representatives are often trained in how to keep customers from canceling their contracts and will likely try to upsell you on additional services or discounts instead of waiving fees. However, if you remain persistent and explain why it’s necessary for you to cancel your cable contract, they may be willing to waive some or all of the early termination fees.


3. Complain About Service Issues

Another way to get out of your cable contract without paying a fee is to complain about service issues. If you have experienced any technical problems or customer service issues with your cable provider, it may be worth filing an official complaint. Cable companies are often willing to waive cancellation fees if they cannot resolve the issue in a timely manner.


What To Do After Canceling Your Cable Contract

Once you’ve cancelled your cable contract, it’s time to make the switch so you can finally join the revolution with lightning-fast, high-performance, reliable, AND affordable fiber internet with LiveOak Fiber. Cutting the cord with your cable provider will be your life’s most beneficial breakup, especially with LiveOak Fiber as your upgrade.

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Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Review our residential plans. Not sure which one is right for you? Check out this page to help you choose a plan.
  2. Call our friendly sales team to get started. They’ll get you signed up for a plan and schedule an installation date that works with your schedule.
  3. Enjoy!

LiveOak Fiber offers plan options with a variety of speeds, features, and prices to suit your needs. Plus, our fiber internet comes with no contracts or hidden fees! That’s right – you can cancel at any time without being charged an early termination fee. But we don’t think you’ll want to.


Are you ready to cut the cord? Check out our high-speed, affordable fiber internet plans.

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Get ready to move on from the cable company.