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Time Warner Cable faced unprecedented consumer backlash and a public relations nightmare when the company tried to impose caps as low as 5GB and per byte overages as high as $5 per gigabyte back in 2009. Consumers clearly understood that there was no practical justification for imposing such limits on modern, upgraded networks in an age of plummeting bandwidth costs, and that the move was simply a cash grab and a way to protect TV revenues from Internet video. As we noted at the tail end of 2009 it was inevitable that Time Warner Cable was going to try again, and Bloomberg suggests the plan is in the works...
http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/T...Billing-114768

and yet the CEO himself said they aren't facing much congestion on their networks...
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Well, crap, I was thinking about switching to their service since they offer slightly better speeds where I live than Verizon (3Mbps? Need moar).

Also, 5GB? Really? Hell, I'm pretty sure most phone plans are comparable to that, and this is for land lines...? I use more than 10x that per month according to my router even.
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that was for the old tests.

frankly if i were you, depending on your uses, i'd take the lower speeds. Verizon has no plans to put in caps, for the time being, so if you pull a lot of data it'd be better to stay with them.

note that TWC doesn't have caps yet, but from what it looks like, in my mind i'd expect to see them before this time next year. i could be wrong though
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what is this i dont even-

Time Warner is the ONLY ISP in my area. Now I'm gonna have to move -_-
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AT&T put in the same thing, but with a 150GB cap, and $10 for an extra 50GB. I easily go past 150GB in a month, with all the streaming video and music content, as well as downloading steam games.
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I guess Comcast has one to in my area at some ridiculous 250GB or something though, my friend recently switched from AT&T to comcast (I've been on comcast since my parents first bought the old computer with a pentium 4 that they are still using...with Windows 7 I might add....).

He was reading through the stuff they signed or something and I guess theyre was something about some limit. I doubt it exists though cause I used to download more than that a month when I first found out about torrents...

Comcast has given me good service, 20 down and 3 up. It runs a little brother on his ps3 24/7, a dad on the computer streaming movies/games from ireland on proxies a lot, a mom constantly on her iPad, and their son who spends all of his time that he isn't with his friends on his computer.
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Reminds me of the bad old days of Telstra. Only last year they still had 200MB (yes MB) plans for $20 or $30/month, and overuse charges of $150/GB. It's much better if TW just throttle speeds as is the most common overuse penalty here. People are less likely to call in screaming about slow internet than an extra $500 on their monthly bill.
    
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Verizon FIOS master race. Really, the government should pass a bill banning ISPs using usage based billing. This is getting out of control.
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Originally Posted by BloodyRory View Post
I guess Comcast has one to in my area at some ridiculous 250GB or something though, my friend recently switched from AT&T to comcast (I've been on comcast since my parents first bought the old computer with a pentium 4 that they are still using...with Windows 7 I might add....).

He was reading through the stuff they signed or something and I guess theyre was something about some limit. I doubt it exists though cause I used to download more than that a month when I first found out about torrents...

Comcast has given me good service, 20 down and 3 up. It runs a little brother on his ps3 24/7, a dad on the computer streaming movies/games from ireland on proxies a lot, a mom constantly on her iPad, and their son who spends all of his time that he isn't with his friends on his computer.
welcome to OCN

what you're saying doesn't make too much sense. AT&T's limits kicked in last month, and Comcast has had a 250GB/month cap since 2008 sometime

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Verizon FIOS master race. Really, the government should pass a bill banning ISPs using usage based billing. This is getting out of control.
indeed. we already pay for the access and speed, why now pay for how much we use?
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not going to worry about it, internet is the future, heck, its the present even. Print is dying more and more each year and TV is quaking in its boots. With all this push towards online streaming content and "cloud" computing we're going to have many more reasons for unrestricted broadband internet connections

That being said, fiber is the way of the future, caps on congested cable and copper networks simply won't be able to compete and will lose out, its basic capitalist economics
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