[SATLUG] Time Warner Speed Cap

Charles Hogan cd_satl at futuretechsolutions.com
Thu Apr 16 19:56:05 CDT 2009



Sean I wrote:
> 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.
> 
> sean

I think "further consultation with our customers" should be read as "too 
many people were canceling service and citing the upcoming BW caps as 
the reason"



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