Daily News Brief: Time Warner Tests Internet Metering

Daily News Brief: Time Warner Tests Internet Metering

Tough Break for Texans

In what could be a sign of the online apocalypse, Time Warner Cable said it will begin metering internet use starting June 5 in a test market in Beaumont, with heavier users facing higher fees. Beaumont currently accounts for 90,000 customers, and those classified as high-use customers will be charged extra fees after two months, according to spokesman Alex Dudley. How long until Comcast follows suit?

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hogkill

"Five percent of our users use over 50 percent of our bandwidth"

I'd interpret that as:

"Ninety-five percent of our users aren't using what they paid for".

Instead of whining and capping, they should be focussing on increasing bandwidth. Obviously the internet enthusiast is going to use more bandwidth than the 19 people living around him who only use it to check their e-mail.

The fact is all 20 people are paying for the same thing, but only one is getting his full use out of it. Internet companies need to look at the market as a whole (much like insurance companies) but instead they are getting greedy and trying to cut-off the 5% (power-users) which they knew would be there in the first place.

Whether or not the majority of this downloading is illegal is not an issue either. The internet shouldn't be looked at as a privilege, it's a right that the consumer pays for out of his own pocket. If these large companies continue to infringe uppon the rights of power-users, new companies offering better bandwidth and rates will become more popular. The shift to these companies will start off with the power-users and eventually the majority will follow suit.

Major companies putting caps on their bandwidth will be their own downfall. I predict we will see a revolution in how companies distrubute user bandwidth within the next 5 years and encourage investors in companies beginning to meter their bandwidth to keep watch for an impending stock crash.

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vaemor

I don't know about those "Heavy users", but I don't run Gigabtyes upon countless Gigabytes on bittorrent's; so this might only affect those who deserve a slap in the face to get back to reality. 5GB/month seems pretty unreasonable, i'd be fine with 20GB; only extreme people who download many seasons of TV shows at once or otherwise would ever cap themselves and not the majority of the internet users. online gaming enthusiasts or otherwise.

I think it's good to get the "Biggie Smalls" of the internet in-line for the benefit of the rest of us..

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Grandpa

As a subscriber to Netflix I often view movies through their legal movie streaming pages. With 10,000 movies to choose from I often find something I haven't seen yet. All those who are sympathetic to this throttling now please mark my word. Some day you will regret it. Remember the high cost of gas, and think about the high cost of the internet soon to be. Don't support this throttling crap in any way. Voice your opinion by switching carriers, if at all possible. Only then will they know what we really want.

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vaemor

After watching this I totally agree with you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2XPiqhN_Ns

pure evil if it's correct.

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butterfly77049

Under "new terms and conditions" Sprint mobile broadband said that anything over 5GB per month is subject to disconnection.

Crap, like I want to track my own usage (I have no idea what some of these web pages download in my temp files).

Updating a computer and visiting a web page can easily consume megabytes of info. I'm paying good money for this contract, and I joined for a two year deal with unlimited data.

Maybe ten gig a month is more is more reasonable, I'm tempted to just tell them to cancel the contract. Off to the "rip off report" I go.

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