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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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Ahhhh.... bandwidth
By Dweeboid on 1/17/2008 5:58:29 PM , Rating: 2
Well, considering that i work for (can’t say the name here) and we carry the most IP traffic in the country, i can tell you this (and this is verified, just looking at t he stats right now)

This is in comparison to the assigned bandwidth going through the main peering points
.0526% of users (DL bandwidth) is 10% of max bandwidth
.1334% of users (DL bandwidth) is 20% of max bandwidth
Anyway, the average is ...
34.221% of users (DL bandwidth) is 42% of max bandwidth
So, what this indicates is that if you separate peoples downloads/uploads in 10 segments, most people fall in the 42% of bandwidth use.
The ones that suck up the major Bandwidth are really no concern to us, the percentage is so low, it will not hamper anything.
Actually it is (as some said) the LEGAL downloads that account for most of the high traffic, and not the illegal ones.
But it sounds good (only if it were true) that 5% take 50%.

They just want to suck more money out of ya.... you know, for the CEO and presidents of (****) the 180foot yacht is not big enough, they need to buy a new 250 footer !! so they will make you pay for it.

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