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Customers in Beaumont, Texas still get metered price gouging

Time Warner Cable has been under harsh criticism from consumers and politicians alike to stop their proposed tired internet pricing trials. The trials were to be started in Rochester, N.Y., Greensboro, N.C., Austin, Texas, and San Antonio, Texas. The trials would have seen users currently paying about $40 for unlimited bandwidth forced to pay $150 per month for the same service.

Time Warner has now announced that it is not going to be adding the new areas to its metered pricing trial. However, customers in Beaumont, Texas who are already paying for metered access will continue to do so.

Time Warner CEO Glenn Britt said in a statement, "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."

Much of the consumer protest surrounding the metered trials was in the Rochester, N.Y. area reports the AP. In that area, U.S. Rep. Eric Massa had said he was preparing legislation that would ban metered billing of internet access.

Timothy Karr from Free Press said, "We're glad to see Time Warner Cable's price-gouging scheme collapse in the face of consumer opposition. Let this be a lesson to other Internet service providers looking to head down a similar path."

Under the Time Warner metered plan, consumers would have paid at least an extra $1 per gigabyte over the miniscule monthly allotments provided. Streaming video would have been the hardest hit internet service under the tiered pricing plan. One gigabyte of data equals about three hours of streaming video.

Karr added, "Consumers are not going to stand idly by as companies try to squeeze their use of the internet."

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RE: It will still happen!
By therealnickdanger on 4/17/2009 11:02:17 AM , Rating: 2
RE: It will still happen!
By waffle911 on 4/17/2009 12:45:48 PM , Rating: 3
That link is right-wing propaganda. The risk here is NOT editorial discretion. This IS the risk of censorship. If it means limiting access to freely available information, IT IS CENSORSHIP. Editorial discretion DOES NOT ENTAIL blocking sources of information IT IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR; THIS IS A VIOLATION OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT. The author there is actually surprised that conservative groups are actually supporting net neutrality because it benefits them, just because it 'unfairly benefits leftist views by not censoring them.' He makes the comparison to the New York Times choosing not to run an ad about the KKK. That is editorial discretion because they would be responsible for directly profiting from the placement of an advertisement for something that people would find offensive. But here's the catch: THE INTERNET IS NOT A PRIVATE PUBLICATION OR PRIVATE BROADCAST COMPANY. By restricting traffic to certain sites, telecom operators are effectively censoring in the same manner as China's government blocks websites that offer opposing views to those of China's leaders. So why should we allow telecom operators to discourage traffic to sites that oppose the views of the telecom industry's leaders?

RE: It will still happen!
By therealnickdanger on 4/17/2009 1:49:22 PM , Rating: 2
Given a choice between government control and telecom control... which would you choose?

RE: It will still happen!
By Bateluer on 4/17/2009 5:38:13 PM , Rating: 2
Difficult question. Controlled by Corporations or controlled by the government?

Of course, a corporation can run effectively. The government run a lemonade stand.

RE: It will still happen!
By shin0bi272 on 4/18/2009 10:09:22 AM , Rating: 2
seriously not everything is right wing propaganda. So go take a valium and GTFO

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