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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: Teired Tv watching
By rjdriver on 4/17/2009 1:20:29 PM , Rating: 2
We already have tiered TV watching:

Basic Cable
Expanded Basic

And remember, with all these channels, you are paying to watch commercials.

Charging for Internet bandwidth is so that people disgusted with paying the rebroadcasters (cable, Sat. FIOS) so much for so little, who are trying to get their TV for free on the Net will have to pay for all that extra bandwidth that HQ video streaming/downloading uses.

TW sees the handwriting on the wall as people have started to abandon the rebroadcasters for the free stuff on the Internet. They'll find a way to make us pay for it, one way or another.

Too bad more people didn't understand that, since the networks started broadcasting digitally, well over half (and probably as much as 80% in urban areas) of cable and FIOS subscribers no longer need these services to get a crystal clear picture.

With a 30 year old rooftop antenna and a digital TV, I get 22 stations over the air as far as 65 miles away. All of them clear with no distortion or interference. Hi Def over the air is even crisper than over cable, and having it for free is just the icing on the cake.

Of course, if you just have to have your Lifetime movies, then this is not for you. But analyze your viewing habits. How many shows do you consider "Must See"? Do you really need the cable only networks?

NATIONAL CANCEL CABLE (FIOS and Sat.) DAY is June 30, 2010. Join the movement. Send a message.

With digital, there are six broadcast slots available for every local network affilate in your area. Your local ABC affilate could also be rebroadcasting ESPN, Disney, A&E, Lifetime, and the History Channel for free over the air. Why aren't they? Because we have all been paying to get these channels for over twenty years, and ABC isn't about to give up that cash cow without a fight.

Send a message. Tell ABC and all the other companies that own the cable channels that you've had enough.

NATIONAL CANCEL CABLE (FIOS and Sat.)DAY is June 30th 2010.

Plenty of time to try an antenna and see if this is for you. If you are within 20 miles of the local stations start with a $20 set of rabbit ears. When you see what that can get you, imagine what a real antenna on the roof will do. Of course, I know you'll be tempted to cancel sooner when you do.

"I'm an Internet expert too. It's all right to wire the industrial zone only, but there are many problems if other regions of the North are wired." -- North Korean Supreme Commander Kim Jong-il
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