It appears that the public outcry about this tier pricing had for now halted the plans of Time Warner! I am so proud of my community and of the
representatives that stood up for the people of Rochester and the customers of Time Warner. Read it and rejoice, for now at least!
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TECH: Time Warner gives up usage-based plan (UPDATED)
By Jeremy Moule on April 16, 2009
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Congress member Eric Massa. FILE PHOTO
Faced with public criticism and mounting pressure from politicians, Time Warner is abandoning its proposed tiered, usage-based high-speed Internet
Time Warner reps said that the proposed rate hikes were about fairness - the heaviest users, who put the most strain on the infrastructure and drive
the need for expensive maintenance and upgrades, would pay the most.
Representative Eric Massa has been a vocal opponent of the proposal, but the fatal blow seems to have come from US Senator Chuck Schumer. The senator
called Time Warner officials last night and told them that he opposed the plan and would be in town today to protest the use of Rochester as a test
market. This morning he got a call from Time Warner CEO Glenn Britt, who told him that the company was dropping the plan.
"The next step is to see what they propose as an alternative," he said.
UPDATED 3:45 P.M. (From a Time Warner press release):
"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. While we continue to believe that consumption based billing may
be the best pricing plan for consumers, 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." (Time Warner Cable Chief Executive Officer Glenn Britt)
Time Warner Cable also announced that it is working to make measurement tools available as quickly as possible. These tools will help customers
understand how much bandwidth they consume and aid in the dialog going forward.