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...According to Time Warner Cable's Jeff Simmermon, the company is introducing a new optional usage-based pricing plan called "Internet Essentials" in several markets in Southern Texas, including San Antonio, Laredo, Corpus Christi, the Rio Grande Valley and the Border Corridor. In his post, Simmermon acknowledges Time Warner Cable's first attempt on this front didn't go so well, and promises that users will always have the option of an unlimited tier:

Yes, we did try this before, a few years ago. And yes, pretty much everyone agrees that it didn’t go so well. So we listened to customer complaints. A lot. Consequently, Time Warner Cable customers will always have access to unlimited broadband at a flat monthly rate. Usage-based consumption is optional, and it’s designed to save light users money. Customers can switch back and forth as often as they like, but if they choose not to switch, nobody’s switching anything for them....

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http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Time-Warner-Cable-Returns-to-Optional-Metered-Billing-118574

was only a matter of time, tbh
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In more than half of their markets, Time Warner Cable's most intense competition comes from sluggish DSL -- where speeds often top out at just 3 Mbps
Woo, I'm in that sinking boat!

Wait...
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Optional is just fine!
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Optional is just fine!

Except they have nothing to gain by offering a tier'd option that allows customers to pay them less for the same service. They want to get the idea through the door, garner support from most of the "only check e-mail and ebay" populous, then start increasing prices for unlimited pricing plans while making the 10 GB/mo option the same price as unlimited as it is today. This is only the first step in a chain of events to turn land-line broadband service into a pricing scheme that coencides with wireless pricing plans.
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If my internet goes up because of this, I'll switch to Clear 4G. It's just a little more and probably a bit slower, but it's uncapped.
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Optional is just fine!

Except they have nothing to gain by offering a tier'd option that allows customers to pay them less for the same service. They want to get the idea through the door, garner support from most of the "only check e-mail and ebay" populous, then start increasing prices for unlimited pricing plans while making the 10 GB/mo option the same price as unlimited as it is today. This is only the first step in a chain of events to turn land-line broadband service into a pricing scheme that coencides with wireless pricing plans.

exactly
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If my internet goes up because of this, I'll switch to Clear 4G. It's just a little more and probably a bit slower, but it's uncapped.

don't forget higher latency
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post #7 of 17
while i agree that this can open up doors to start scheming their prices, it does open up their services to people who before could not justify using anything other than Dial-up because they use the internet so little.
As long as they can stay true to current pricing and keep making it better i would support such an idea, but i would walk away the moment they decide to raise prices on the unlimited teir.
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Do not like. If this proceeds much farther I will have a reason to call up and cancel my service. Unfortunately its TWC or ATT, literally. Unless I want dial up, there aren't even small ISPs.
    
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As long ISP are not forcing people to burn their wallets.

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post #10 of 17
I honestly think this is a good thing and maybe mobile companies will follow suit, as long as pricing does not go higher than it is now. Hopefully they'll start to offer something similar with cable channels.
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