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Discussion in 'Computers, Games, Electronics etc' started by nootrac22, Apr 10, 2009.

  1. nootrac22

    nootrac22 Well-Known Member VIP

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    Time Warner Cable Will Uncap Service for $150

    04.10.09

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    by <A href="http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2345122,00.asp#" s_oc="null">Mark Hachman</A itxtvisited="1">
    Time Warner Cable issued a clarification to its proposed caps on Thursday, adding what is essentially a $150 unlimited tier to the high end.
    In a statement attributed to Landel Hobbs, chief operating officer of Time Warner Cable and posted to Alongreply.com, Hobbs characterized press reports referring to the company's proposed caps as "premature". The statement was apparently published by Jeff Simmermon, director of communications for Time Warner Cable, who referred to it in a tweet.
    The company had previously referred to a so-called 100-Mbyte super tier, without disclosing pricing.
    "Some recent press reports about our four consumption based billing trials planned for later this year were premature and did not tell the full story," Hobbs wrote. "With that said, we realize our communication to customers about these trials has been inadequate and we apologize for any frustration we caused. We've heard the passionate feedback and we've taken action to address our customers' concerns."
    Hobbs said that consumption-based billing has become prevalent overseas, and must be evaluated here in the United States. "If we don't act, consumers' Internet experience will suffer," he wrote. "Sitting still is not an option. That's why we're beginning the consumption based billing trials. It's important to stress that they are trials."
    The trials will begin in Rochester, N.Y., and Greensboro, N.C., in August. The official tiers will be, according to Hobbs:
    • A 1 GB per month tier offering speeds of 768 Kbytes downstream/128 Kbytes upstream for $15 per month. Overage charges will be $2 per GB per month. TWC's usage data show that about 30 percent of its customers use less than 1 Gbyte per month, Hobbs wrote.
    • Road Runner Lite, Basic, Standard and Turbo packages will include expanded bandwidth caps to 10, 20, 40 and 60 GB, respectively, for the same price. Overage charges will be $1 per GB per month.
    • A new 100 GB Road Runner Turbo package will be added, offering speeds of 10 MB/1 MB for $75 per month. Overage charges will be $1 per GB per month.
    • Overage charges will be capped at $75 per month. "That means that for $150 per month customers could have virtually unlimited usage at Turbo speeds," Hobbs added.
    After the trials begin, customers will be offered two months of usage data so that they can assess their usage. After that, a one-month grace period will be instituted before the caps actually begin, allowing consumers a chance to reassess and possibly sign up for a different bandwidth tier, Hobbs wrote.
     
  2. jamesA

    jamesA Well known pissed off telephone guy VIP

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    15mb/down, 2mb/up for $58.00/month.

    FiOS > Time Warner.

    I dunno. That seems like robbery to me.
     
  3. nootrac22

    nootrac22 Well-Known Member VIP

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    as it stands now it is robbery, but looks like it could be SOP in the future.
     
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    Our whole infastructure is a freaking joke. We have so much dark fiber just sitting around not being used it makes me sad. And if the Feds get involved with "everyone having the interwebz" then it will be a utility type of service. Say hello to state sponsered monopoly. And chances are even regular folks will blow the caps away without even thinking about it. See Xbox Live, Netflix streaming, Hulu etc.
     
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    I guess a good reason to switch ISPs.
     
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    the online gamers aint gonna like that shit...
     
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    the one provider that DOESN'T do this will be the one i buy stock in.
     
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    i know att is implenting a similar process for some of its test market. comcast has a 250gb cap but its not advertised. charter cable also has a cap for its subscribers.

    this is utter bullshit. with so much of the tech world depending on broadband this is a step backwards. in addition to the mentioned above, there is also web conferences, online storage, cloud computing (if it ever takes off), etc...

    its ironic how we are the most powerful nation and all this jazz but we rank low in so many other aspects like academics and technology.
     
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    I would go back to dial up before I paid that much for an ISP.
     
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    Commies, I let you know what I'm paying in Aug.
     
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    U-verse. 18Mb down 1.5Mb up. No cap. I don't know what the internet only price is, but my TV/internet together is $105 a month. No FiOS in my neighborhood.
     
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    no uverse or fios here :( i'm stuck with comcast or dialup slow dsl 3 down .75 up or something stupid
     
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    ^ whats wrong with that?? i have that service and it suits me just fine but then again, my gfing youtubing and me watching naruto doesnt necessitate 15meg down, haha.

    oh yeah, time warner has ended their "trial market" caps and cited the reason to "customer education" on bandwidth usage.

    all i can say is fuck the isp's with their kung fu death grip and making us pay for shitty 3meg service for $35/month.
     
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    I heard Time Warner scrapped the idea because people were already complaining? I haven't looked it up, but that's what my cousin told me this weekend. But, people I showed FiOS to want to switch to that anyway.

    edit: zeal already stated that. Customer education as in we don't know what we want or we know exactly what we want? What exactly is there to know, really? Streaming media is so popular today, that very few would benefit from it.
     
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    customer education as in "we use too much" and "complain" about the "unfair" pricing and capping.

    i mean, how the fuck are we going to start streaming hd material when all the isps are gloating about how "fast' their connection is, yet dont want us to use it because its too much of a load for their system? its like steve jobs bragging about how mac's shit doesnt stink then jumps ships to x86 chips and bootcamp windows??

    im tired of all these telecommucations assholes getting away with shit especially comcast. theyve been adversiting hd channels but it only qualifies as HD because of resolution. they compress the quality and blow up the resolutions so they can fit more "HD" crap into their "quality" programming.

    :end rant:
     
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    We just got fios at my dad's place. It rocks.
     
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    Telco's are watching their bland slip away. They do not want to rent out the pipe, they want to be the content producers/distributors.
     
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