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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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It won't happen.
By excrucio on 1/17/2008 8:02:33 PM , Rating: 1
here's a quick simple why...

TW, COMCAST and VERIZON goes pay per use, all the small companies are gonna grow and they'll be done, because the flat rate will just over take the pay per use. which is the most ridiculous idea i ever seen.

the other pathetic idea is taxing internet, when this junk was made to be free.

God did not put boundaries between countries, we did.

same goes for internet and this crap now. We made this to be free why just NOW tax and ask for more money. GTFO!

What about HOSTS? do they get flat rates? business connections? flat rates? yeah so i thought. it just wont work.

There is no way 5% may hog 50%+ in bandwidth in a month.
If you got bandwidth issues stick to 1 down and 1 up sir..

freaking idiots.
if you're gonna pump 8/1 or 15/2 or 20/5 you're asking to be fully used.

my friend asked verizon.

Comcast capped my line, if i use 24.7 the 20/5 will it be capped?

they replied..

No, you pay for 20/5 you get all that...

Truth you pay you get it, capping makes no sense, if you're allowed 20megabits a second, when is cap allowed? on the package you bought it doesnt say MAX speed: 20mbs
monthly bandwidth: 20megabits...wait what?

get what i mean?

caps are stupid it makes no sense whats so ever.

long live free internet and flat rate fees. freaking capitalist country.

I love just rediculous how capitalists WE are.

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