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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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By Jeff7181 on 4/18/2009 12:49:32 AM , Rating: 2
I have no issue paying for what I use. What I don't like is paying exorbitant amounts for what I use. Implement a more realistic metered scale and people won't hate it so much...

Maybe $15/mo flat fee that would include 60 GB of bandwidth. Additional bandwidth would be 25 cents per GB. So if you use 100 GB of bandwidth, your bill at the end of the month would be $25. If you use 200 GB of bandwidth, your bill would be $50.

I think this is reasonable... it works out to about what I'm paying now for Comcast with the 250 GB cap. They could even charge more for upstream bandwidth... like 25 cents per GB downstream and 40 cents per GB upstream.

It will add to the cost of streaming video, such as movies from Netflix... but 25 cents per GB isn't outrageous. It would cost like $1 to stream a DVD quality movie... not bad at all in my opinion.

By shin0bi272 on 4/19/2009 2:23:54 AM , Rating: 2
you dont have an issue with it now. Wait till you go over your bandwidth by a lot and get a 500 dollar cable bill one month.

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