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Web users, the meter is running. In a strategy that's likely to rankle consumers but be copied by competitors, Time Warner Cable (TWC) is pressing ahead with a plan to charge Internet customers based on how much Web data they consume. Starting next month, the company will introduce tiered pricing in several markets.
In the case of Time Warner Cable, customers will be charged from $29.95 to $54.90 a month, based on data consumption and desired connection speed. Customers will be charged $1 for each gigabyte (GB) over their plan's cap. Time Warner Cable offers four cap levels of 5, 10, 20, and 40 GB. A download of a high-definition movie typically eats up about 8 GB. A recent report from Sanford C. Bernstein suggests that a family on the 40 GB plan that streams 7.25 hours of online video a week (a fraction of the 60 hours Americans spend watching TV in a week) could end up spending $200 per month on broadband usage fees. And that's just for video viewing, before factoring in such Internet activities as music downloads and photo sharing. "To put it mildly," says Bernstein analyst Craig Moffett, "the decision to limit data consumption can be expected to have profound implications for [consumer] behavior."
Originally posted by Gouki
Better switch to Verizon.
Time warner is crap.
Originally posted by camain
look, realistically, there is a reason for this, 90% of the bandwidth is consumed by 20% of the population. It costs money to bring a product to market, IF you like streaming video, playing wow, and surfing porn, realistically, you are going to pay more, and you should pay more, then grandma who uses it to check her email once a week.
I think what you will see, is ISPs that won't go to a system like this, because they are going to be recruiting high bandwidth users. I'm glad I dumped Time Warner already. Sometimes I can exceed 40GB in a week!
Originally posted by xman_in_blackx
Even better, communities could buy their own DS-3 (28x T-1) then charge neighbors a reasonable fee for access.The money made could then go the community instead of wall street. Hell, I would volunteer my time to make this happen so that it was completely non-profit.
Dare us to think outside of the box and let the big corps choke on it.