Your Ad Here Your Ad Here
Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: Time Warner Cable to trial hard bandwidth caps

  1. #1
    Broken's Avatar Obama Supporter
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Washington, DC
    Posts
    2,059
    Time Warner Cable Inc said on Wednesday it is planning a trial to bill high-speed Internet subscribers based on their amount of usage rather than a flat fee, the standard industry practice.

    The second largest U.S. cable operator said it will test consumption-based billing with subscribers in Beaumont, Texas later this year as a part of a strategy to help reduce congestion of its network by a minority of consumers who pay the same monthly fee as light users.

    The company believes the billing system will impact only heavy users, who account for around 5 percent of all customers but typically use more than half of the total network bandwidth, according to a company spokesman.

    Under the proposed scheme, new customers will be able to choose from a couple of different plans with varying bandwidth caps. They'll be given online tools to monitor usage and will be able to upgrade to the next higher tier of service to avoid charges for exceeding their monthly bandwidth limit. If the trial works well, Time Warner would then roll out bandwidth caps to current customers: "We will use the results of the trial to evaluate results for possible future nationwide rollouts," reads the memo.

    Bandwidth caps have been a sore subject for some users who have found themselves bumping into mysterious, undefined limits. This past fall, a number of Comcast subscribers complained that their service was cut off after having reached Comcast's bandwidth limit. The problem is that Comcast (and other ISPs) do not publicize what limits they have in place. Comcast's Acceptable Use Policy, for instance, offers users only a vague warning against "generating levels of traffic sufficient to impede others' ability to send or retrieve information."

    Source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080117/...er_internet_dc

  2. News (Archive)   -   #2
    lynx's Avatar .
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Yorkshire, England
    Posts
    9,810
    Most UK ISP's have gone down that route for quite some time now.

    I think what annoys people is not the fact that they have to pay for what they use, but that they get threatened and/or cut off for exceeding some limit that they aren't told about.

    It's thought to be a contentious point of law, but I feel pretty sure that if they tried that in EU and were challenged, the ISP would lose out under unfair contract terms.

    Additionally, I don't believe any court would uphold a contract where one party tries to enforce unpublished terms, and consequently any cut off would leave them at risk of being liable for damages for breach of contract.
    .
    Political correctness is based on the principle that it's possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.

  3. News (Archive)   -   #3
    mr. nails's Avatar m@D @n!m3 BT Rep: +1
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    austin, tx
    Posts
    3,588
    this is retarded.
    Alamo Drafthouse!

    Last Game Completed: Aliens: Colonial Marines (PC) 10-13-13
    Now Playing: Paper Mario 64
    Total Games Completed: 503

  4. News (Archive)   -   #4
    lostdemon's Avatar Poster BT Rep: +1
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    789
    Dammit I use Time Warner that shit will affect me

  5. News (Archive)   -   #5
    Hairbautt's Avatar *haircut
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Florida
    Age
    20
    Posts
    11,028
    Glad they moved outta FL.
    _________________________________________________________________________________________
    Last edited by Alien5; Jun 6th, 2006 at
    06:36 PM..

  6. News (Archive)   -   #6
    tusks's Avatar \(_o)/ BT Rep: +1
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    \(_o)/
    Posts
    295
    Damn Time Warner! They better not actually implement this plan. I can't wait to switch to FiOS. What a stupid idea considering that they're already getting raped by Verison everywhere Fiber Opic is offered. Paying $45 a month for 8mb/512kb is already ridiculous as is considering if I lived in the next town over, I could be paying 10 dollars more per month for 15mb/15mb! Now they want me to pay for how much bandwidth I use? Sheesh...

  7. News (Archive)   -   #7
    lynx's Avatar .
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Yorkshire, England
    Posts
    9,810
    If the experience of the UK is anything to go by, this could result in most people actually paying less for internet access than they currently do. Heavy users end up paying the same, light users pay less than at present, and everyone gets faster speeds.

    When everyone pays for the speed they get, there is little reason for the ISPs to compete. Once they are talking about bandwidth (which at the end of the day is what they pay for) they will have to find ways to compete on price.

    That said, I suspect that the US market probably isn't quite as open as the European market, probably because of the greater distances involved. I just checked, and there are about 40 ISPs I could choose, not counting resellers. That would rise to about 60 if I lived in a more populated area. Having said that, I would not choose any of the well known ISPs, they are the ones most likely to have "dodgy" contract terms.

    Having a strong regulator has helped, it used to be a nightmare to try to switch ISPs, but they have forced through a system which allows changes to take place within a few days, in most cases without cost, and that also adds to the need for ISPs to work out how to get a competitive edge.
    .
    Political correctness is based on the principle that it's possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.

  8. News (Archive)   -   #8
    Poster
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Mexico
    Posts
    157
    Time Warner has been excellent for me but it seems like I will get charged shitloads once they implement this crap. They do own huge markets in Texas. San Antonio; where I live, must be one of their biggest. Nobody else even comes close to TW here. DSL is the only other option, and that is slow as hell compared to TW speeds.

  9. News (Archive)   -   #9
    bigdaddykane's Avatar Poster BT Rep: +8BT Rep +8
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    florida
    Age
    46
    Posts
    167
    im glad they left florida viva verizon and fios and seed boxes lmao

  10. News (Archive)   -   #10
    Hairbautt's Avatar *haircut
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Florida
    Age
    20
    Posts
    11,028
    Quote Originally Posted by bigdaddykane View Post
    im glad they left florida viva verizon and fios and seed boxes lmao
    Just out of reach...for fios (for me).
    _________________________________________________________________________________________
    Last edited by Alien5; Jun 6th, 2006 at
    06:36 PM..

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •