[SATLUG] Time Warner Speed Cap

Sean I siffland at nerdshack.com
Thu Apr 16 19:48:42 CDT 2009

On Thu, Apr 16, 2009 at 7:13 PM, Geoff <geofff at w5omr.shacknet.nu> wrote:
> Have not seen this posted, so am doing so, in case no one has seen/heard
> it...
> The time of the posting isn't given, but based on the time of the
> comments, I'd say roughly around 3:15pm.
> -Geoff
> from mysa.com
> By David Saleh Rauf - Express-News
> Time Warner Cable Inc. announced plans Thursday to shelve a tier-based
> metered billing trial program in four cities, including San Antonio and
> Austin.
> Earlier this month, Time Warner, which has more than 8 million customers
> nationwide, announced plans to make San Antonio one of its first markets
> to try “consumption-based billing,” an economic model that allows
> Internet providers to charge users varying rates depending on usage.
> Three other cities — including Austin, Rochester, N.Y. and Greensboro
> N.C. — were also tapped for trial programs.
> In a statement released on Twitter just minutes ago, one of the
> company's top executive's said “it is clear from the public response
> over the last two weeks that there is a great deal of misunderstanding
> about our plans to roll out additional tests on consumption based billing.”
> “As a result, we will not proceed with implementation of additional
> tests until further consultation with our customers and other interested
> parties, ensuring that community needs are being met ... We want to do
> everything we can to inform our customers of our plans and have the
> benefit of their views as part of our testing process,” wrote Glen Britt.
> Critics of a bill-by-the-byte economic model fired back Thursday, saying
> unprecedented consumer backlash and the prospect of federal legislation
> that would derail any plans to cap usage and charge overage fees caused
> Time Warner to rethink their plans.
> “The public outcry was so large,” said Jerri Kaiser, a spokeswoman for
> U.S. Rep. Eric Massa, D-N.Y., who plans to file legislation that would
> prohibit unfair tiered price structures from internet providers.
> --

They said ealier this week they were going to push this back until
October and now this.  I think this is a ploy so people do not start
dropping between now and then.  After all "further consultation with
our customers" since when have they ever listened.  Mark my words we
have not seen the last of this.


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