Wow, I'm shocked they are charging you for one. Verizon said I didn't have to pay for mine unless I terminated service early. That was 2003, so I'm good.
On that note, it's a Westel DSL modem, and has been on almost all day every day for 7 years and still going strong.
"No I don't want the Ask toolbar! No I don't want Bing as my default search! No I don't want to make Chrome my default browser!"
"Good grief, man! WHAT are you trying to install on that poor computer?"