No More "All You Can Eat" Broadband for TWC? - HotHardware
No More "All You Can Eat" Broadband for TWC?

No More "All You Can Eat" Broadband for TWC?

It's well-known that Comcast has hidden bandwidth caps.  How would you feel about a publicized hard cap?

Time Warner Cable may be exploring the possibility of implementing overage charges for its RoadRunner cable broadband service. According to excerpts from a leaked internal memo posted to our forums, the company will be testing a usage-based system in the Beaumont, Texas market. The system is aimed at gaining additional revenue from "5% of subscribers who utilize over half of the total network bandwidth." The trial will determine whether it's practical to deploy such a system nationally.

The memo claims new customers in the Beaumont market will be placed on metered billing plans where overage charges will apply. Those customers will be given a special website allowing users to track their bandwidth consumption and upgrade to faster tiers if they consistently use more bandwidth than allowed for their tier. Existing customers will be able to track consumption, but will remain on flat-rate billing.

Something like this might drive customers to ISPs that do not have limits.  On the other hand, how would you readers feel about this vs. hidden limits and P2P throttling?

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I think its pretty darn silly.. and once again kinda screws over the customer.. Americans have super high internet fees as it is. With my Cable bill and my internet combined its about 160 a month. Go to Europe or somewhere and I bet a similar and probably better service wouldn even be half that. But they have tons of companies competing for customers, we really only have two options dsl or cable.. and they know that.

I really wish verizons fibre network could get enough investment to go nation wide.. id boot comcast in a heartbeat.

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Leaked memo was correct. Plan has been confirmed by Reuters.

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Wow, they should really be bludgeoned for this. I have FiOS and it's pretty nice, but it still has caps.

I'll bet the reason internet service is so much cheaper in Europe is because the people are too busy paying for their socialized healthcare to have money for expensive internet.

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Yeah well these ISP's may have hidden agenda's with this one. IMO, and this is just speculating, I think this is a premptive strike to prevent TV over the net. It's no secret that TV over the net is improving alot and when they get to the point where they are actually competing with your regular cable companies than the cable companies will no doupt have to drasticly cut their prices to keep up. If they start charging people for utilizing more of their so called "share of the bandwidth" than it will really put a kink in things. Just speculation but that's what I am thinking.

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