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Time Warner Cables hopes to weed out excess usage with new billing system

When it comes to high-speed Internet, most people take for granted that their flat monthly fee will provide all the bandwidth needed for endless downloading.

Time Warner Cable (TWC), on the other hand, doesn't quite see things that way. Just as Best Buy labeled its bargain-minded customers as "Devil Customers," TWC has its own subset of customers that take the "all you can eat" approach to Internet access.

In order to discourage bandwidth gorging, TWC will trial a new billing system patterned after regular household utilities that we all have become familiar with. Like gas, water and electric bills, TWC will charge customers based on their usage instead of a flat fee.

The move should help TWC weed out the five percent of its customers which it says horde over fifty percent of total network bandwidth.

TWC warns that the network congestions problems will only get worse as more media content is made available online. People today are taking advantage of their high-speed Internet connections to download movies and television shows -- and we can't forget users who often frequent P2P and torrent sites to share/download content.

"Largely, people won't notice the difference," said a spokesman for TWC. "We don't want customers to feel they're getting less for more."

TWC will first roll out a trial of the new billing system in Beaumont, Texas later this year. If the tests are successful, TWC may apply the new billing scheme to all of its 7.4 million residential subscribers around the country.

Time Warner Cable isn't the first company that has attempted to curtail a small minority of its customers from hogging network bandwidth using P2P services like BitTorrent. Comcast chose the unsavory route of throttling bandwidth for greedy customers using P2P software. Unfortunately, Comcast's actions also hampered legitimate users of software like Lotus Notes.

Comcast's actions resulted in class-action lawsuit from customers and an official investigation by the FCC.



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RE: An important lesson in welfair too
By littlebitstrouds on 1/17/2008 4:40:00 PM , Rating: 2
Yup. And most of the people on here are the ones causing the problem. Is this the final solution... maybe not, but it's a serious problem. Just because the model was introduced with the ability to abuse it doesn't give people the right to bitch and moan when they catch it. Truly that's not what you teach your children is it?

However, this does need to be scaled accordingly. There is no way it should be like cell phones (overage charges). It should be broken down, bit by bit. About time I can recommend my parents actually getting cable internet. Sorry but I can't suggest to them to pay the $40 a month I do when they only check their email.


By Frallan on 1/18/2008 7:16:05 AM , Rating: 2
How about having more models then 1. maybe a low enterence fee and Per bit charge for the low volume users and a flat fee for the high volume/high speed users.


By roadrun777 on 1/19/2008 1:11:18 PM , Rating: 1
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Yup. And most of the people on here are the ones causing the problem.

Actually, I think it's you. Your pen*s is too small.
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Is this the final solution... maybe not, but it's a serious problem.

There is no problem. The problem you keep ranting about is completely imaginary.
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Just because the model was introduced with the ability to abuse it doesn't give people the right to bitch and moan when they catch it.

Is it possible you were dropped on your head? That is the only way I could excuse such ignorance. A model introduced with the possibility of abuse? That is absurd in itself, as to say the model has no control over itself, as if it's human and could be abused. A system is what it is, if the sign says 5 doughnuts per customer and I take 5 doughnuts and you get angry because you think that somehow leaves less for you to get increase your ass size on, then how is that my problem? May, perhaps, you think the owner should change the sign?
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Truly that's not what you teach your children is it? However, this does need to be scaled accordingly. There is no way it should be like cell phones (overage charges). It should be broken down, bit by bit. About time I can recommend my parents actually getting cable internet. Sorry but I can't suggest to them to pay the $40 a month I do when they only check their email.

You are a complete moron, it's official. You have no clue. These companies will still charge your parents 40$ a month even if they charge bit by bit. They will of course NOT loose any money. You have no idea of how corporations work little boy, go home. It is a law that the board must always make as much money as possible, and if it can be deemed in court that a decision was made that made them any less money, the entire board of directors for a company can be removed (or kicked out on their arse). So why in gods name do you think that a plan like this will make it cheaper for your parents? It's not going to happen. They have a baseline price set now at about 40$ per household and anything they do will not change it, they only want to make more on top of that. Let's just call it icing on the cake.


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