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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: Digital Downloads
By FITCamaro on 1/17/2008 11:24:12 PM , Rating: 2
More like incredibly sick and twisted.

I still do not understand why DT has not banned his account given some of his views and comments supporting them. You might not agree with me on my political views, but I also don't believe in having sex with 6 year olds.

I just hope he one day gets caught by the authorities and sentenced to life in prison without parole. Me personally, I'd have him executed. Only way to get rid of these sickos once and for all is to get them out of the gene pool.

RE: Digital Downloads
By Vinnybcfc on 1/18/2008 12:32:33 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah why havent DT done anything?

If they need evidence it is quite easy to find on his account

RE: Digital Downloads
By Bioniccrackmonk on 1/18/2008 2:01:09 PM , Rating: 3
Because Dailytech is a forum that believes people have the right to freedom of speech. Whether or not the community agrees with him is beside the point and just like he gets to argue his points, we get to argue ours. Now don't get me wrong, I am in now way, shape or form agreeing with this scum, but he does have the right to post.

Would be a little interesting to see his ass out on the street though, I might just become a lot of liberal with my fists.

RE: Digital Downloads
By Christopher1 on 1/18/08, Rating: 0
RE: Digital Downloads
By roadrun777 on 1/19/2008 12:48:38 PM , Rating: 1
Hitler? Is that you?

"My sex life is pretty good" -- Steve Jobs' random musings during the 2010 D8 conference

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