Forcing Me to Pay for STB when I don't use it!!

We have a triple play with local TV channels only. We have 2 TVs hooked up directly to the coax and get local channels just fine. Currently trying to renew my 2 year agreement and the rep tells me that they can't "put it through" without the monthly $7.99 STB equipment charge. This is absolutely silly! Has anyone else run into the problem? And if so, how did you get around it?