I'm willing to bet that is a penalty, and not a purchase, so that even if paid the unit was to be returned to RCN. Thus, it is now a brick.
OP- if you really want one of these, watch craigslist. I just got one for $20 free and clear, there are many offers locally for $50 or less.
Last edited by jrtroo; 10-17-2013 at 08:56 AM.