Time Warner Cable Customers Aren't Interested In Usage Caps, Even For a Discount - HotHardware
Time Warner Cable Customers Aren't Interested In Usage Caps, Even For a Discount

Time Warner Cable Customers Aren't Interested In Usage Caps, Even For a Discount

If you think most Americans are too uneducated about technology to know a scam when they see it, think again. As the world of data caps have crushed the spirits of many home Internet users, Time Warner Cable had been experimenting with a pricing scheme that would lower bills of its broadband customers in exchange for even lower data caps. The deal was as such: those who would agree to a 30GB monthly data cap (as opposed to well over 200GB in a usual plan) would receive a $5 discount per month.

All told, that's a $60 savings per year, but even those offered weren't enticed. At the Deutsche Bank Media, Internet and Telecom Conference, Time Warner Cable's CEO noted that "very few broadband subscribers have opted for its Internet plan that caps data use at 30GB per month." The total who did take the bait? It's a figure in the thousands, which is just a tiny slice of its 11 million U.S.-based customer pie.


TWC is apt to continue toying with discounts and schemes to boost revenue and limit usage, particularly if the TWC-Comcast deal goes through. But, it's still mighty refreshing to hear that folks aren't biting on something like this. Data seems to be the only currency around these days, and if it's squeezed too much, consumers are going to suffer in the long run. Power to the bandwidth, right?
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I have a Time Warner 50Mb/s line and there is no data cap at all. I pay about $80 a month for it, but its pretty reliable, and I typically get about 7.2MB/s down.

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I like dan have the same 50MB/S line. I don't think I would be really happy for them to switch it to a cap based system. I do a lot of online game streaming so that would be used up pretty quick.

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Cox Communications has what they call a "Data Usage Allowance" and you can monitor it online at their website with their handy-dandy "Data Usage Meter". I suspect most folks don't realize they have a data cap because it's not advertised heavily. I only know about it, because I regularly exceed my 250GB monthly limit...and I am "reminded" as such with an e-mail. What do they plan to do about it in the long run? Well for one thing, they are slowly raising their rates every year. I suspect they realize that more folks are starting to abandon cable tv for streaming onlne. Netflix anyone?

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a 5 dollar savings every month for over an 85% decrease in data? what a joke! way to improve your company image in a time of upcoming upheaval of traditional internet service by gigabit internet service, brought by Google and various start-ups.

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I have Skynet (not the Terminator one) pay 80 a month for 3down 1 up. No cap. Wouldn't ever want a cap no matter the discount. There is no way I wouldn't go over unless it was something ridiculous. But there discount makes no sense. That is a giant step down In size for such a small amount of savings.

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So to TW 170gb of data bandwidth is only worth $5? That is roughly .03 cents a gb. If that is the case then a 30gb data cap broadband service should cost a mere .90 cents!

I am happy to hear most people did not fall for this scam. I think a lot of people have wised up about the cost of data because of mobile data cell phone plans where 2-3gb of extra bandwidth a month can end up more then doubling the cost therefor 170gb should be worth a hell of a lot more then the $5 being offered.

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