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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: Have you seen COX's policy?
By hcahwk19 on 4/17/2009 4:38:08 PM , Rating: 2
I just had a conversation with a Cox technician the other day here in Tulsa. He told me that they are not setting limits like that here. He said the download/upload bandwidth caps are set high enough that only those who are trying to run servers out of their homes are affected. Even then, they only throttle those people down. When those people call about their internet slowing down, Cox asks what kind of computer they are running, and the answer is always that the person is running a server out of their home. So, in order for them to keep their faster service, they would have to switch over to a business line to run their server. He said that there are NO extra charges for going over the bandwidth cap. He mentioned that in Tulsa, they might even be looking at possibly removing some of the speed caps, because, in his words, "London just rolled out 100Mbps service." He said that Cox ran tests in Tulsa one night without speed limits. He said that since he and other technicians were not notified of the results, it means that those results were extremely positive.


RE: Have you seen COX's policy?
By The0ne on 4/17/2009 9:57:15 PM , Rating: 2
That's prob true where you are however I had a different experience. Out in spring valley I had the courtesy call to stop going over 10gig/month on download or they shut my connection down and I have to call in and explain why. This happened 3 times and I finally decided to move.

Do they honestly think I won't know that my connection isn't working? I laugh at these idiots.

Now I deal with TWC :)


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