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Time Warner Cable will continue to offer packages with low initial prices, but now they’ll come with slower Internet speeds and “fewer channels and features,” Marcus said. If customers want more bandwidth, a digital video recorder or more premium channels, they’ll have to spend more money.
Higher ARPU
The idea is to boost average revenue per user, rather than trying to attract more customers, he said. Time Warner Cable (TWC), based in New York, expects the new strategy to yield a higher ARPU in the second half of the year.

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You can't make this stuff up folks. Why give customers what they want and thus gain customers and make them loyal. Just screw the ones you have. I don't know whether to laugh or cry.
 
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Time Warner soaks their customers because the DSL competition in the area forces users to subscribe to their PHONE service with their DSL. No one wants to be forced to pay for phone service when all they want is damn internet. This gives users no choice but to go with Time Warner....

So now that Time Warner can't "get any more customers" (because they are a utility monopoly in our area), they will now jack the prices up because we have no choice!
Edited by aweir - 4/26/13 at 7:40pm
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Time Warner soaks their customers because the DSL competition in the area forces users to subscribe to their PHONE service with their DSL.

So now that Time Warner can't "get any more customers" (because they are a utility monopoly in our area), they will now jack the prices up because we have no choice!


Yeah this utility monopolization is ridiculous. Maybe 50 years ago or so it might have been more efficient but its not now and its stifling competition and really hurting consumers.
 
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I hate Time Warner. I lived in a charter area it was 45 for 30 down. I moved to a Time Warner and a crappy 12down dsl area. For the same 30 down it would be 70, 55 for 20 down, and for the package that I got its 60 for 20 down and basic cable. I want Charter back or for the government to do what the uk did and make companies lease there lines out, so there is more competition.
    
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I would love to live right next door to the phone company to get the fastest DSL possible. Unfortunately signal degradation over long distances is a serious flaw and almost no one gets advertised speeds. At least cable speeds are only affected by the amount of users in your neighborhood block.
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Capitalism?

This is CORPORATISM!!!
    
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They'll fall in time.
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I hate Time Warner. I lived in a charter area it was 45 for 30 down. I moved to a Time Warner and a crappy 12down dsl area. For the same 30 down it would be 70, 55 for 20 down, and for the package that I got its 60 for 20 down and basic cable. I want Charter back or for the government to do what the uk did and make companies lease there lines out, so there is more competition.
Yea? In canada we pay 97$ a month for basic cable and 14m internet with 60gb caps.
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Time Warner soaks their customers because the DSL competition in the area forces users to subscribe to their PHONE service with their DSL. No one wants to be forced to pay for phone service when all they want is damn internet. This gives users no choice but to go with Time Warner....

So now that Time Warner can't "get any more customers" (because they are a utility monopoly in our area), they will now jack the prices up because we have no choice!

I feel your pain... Paying $110+ per month for 30mbps download. mad.gif

Damn Time Warner and their monopoly in the Buffalo area...
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Yep, we hate TimeWarner here as well. They are awful scumbags but they have a cable utility monopoly in my neck of the woods so it's not like we can just go with someone else. All I can do is cross my fingers and hope that Google comes to my area within my lifetime.
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