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A cable company changed its mind and wants to charge a Wisconsin man $117,000 to extend its network — after he already built his house

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Wisconsin web developer Cole Marshall is currently living in an internet nightmare, and it would cost him $117,000 to crawl out of it.

Marshall’s troubles began in November, 2014, when he began construction on a new house just outside the town of Sun Prairie, Ars Technica reports. When Marshall purchased the plot of land, he was told it was “cable-ready.” But he isn’t the type to just take someone at his word.

Before buying the lot, Marshall did four things, according to Ars Technica:

  1. He went on the website of local cable company, Charter, and checked if his address was covered (yes)
  2. He also checked his neighbor’s addresses on Charter’s...