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40GB for $55 per month: Time Warner bandwidth caps arrive

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posted on Jun, 3 2008 @ 11:34 AM
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40GB for $55 per month: Time Warner bandwidth caps arrive


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Time Warner Cable will launch a trial program on Thursday which will impose monthly Internet consumption caps on new subscribers in Beaumont, Texas. Following a two-month grace period, cable users will pay $1 for each additional gigabyte consumed beyond the cap.

Time Warner Cable's plan to test metered service was originally revealed to the public when an internal company memo was leaked in January and later confirmed by the company. The memo indicated that the results of the trial would be used to determine whether to roll out the bandwidth-capping plan to other regions.
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posted on Jun, 3 2008 @ 11:34 AM
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Not a good move. I hate to even think what my bandwidth costs would be under this plan. Currently I am paying $50 for unlimited 6Mb service, but under this scenario it could easily double if not triple. Can you imagine having to weigh the value of a clip or documentary against your available bandwidth?

If this type of billing plan be adopted widely, the dissemination of information could be impacted greatly. Think of all the great videos which are posted to ATS daily, imagine how much less views they would get if people are worried about the usage cap?

Let's hope that many of the internet providers will realize that there will always be a market for those with a thirst for unlimited bandwidth.

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