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Time Warner Cable ready to test metered Net useSome customers of Time Warner Cable in Beaumont, Texas, may soon end up paying more for their Internet access than other customers.

In a test of metered Internet access that's set to begin Thursday, subscribers who go over their limit for uploading and downloading material will be charged $1 per gigabyte, according to an Associated Press story, citing a Time Warner Cable executive.

The trial run for the metered Web use was expected. The company had said in January that it would test the new pricing model in Beaumont as a way to limit the use of peer-to-peer applications on its network. Cable companies and P2P services have long clashed over bandwidth demands, especially for the transfer of large video files.

The tiered pricing will work this way, for the Internet portion of subscription packages that also include phone or video use: At the low end, users will pay $29.95 per month for service at a speed of 768 kilobits per second, with a 5GB monthly cap. At the high end, users will pay $54.90 per month for service at 15 megabits per second, with a 40GB cap.

"We think it's the fairest way to finance the needed investment in the infrastructure," Kevin Leddy, Time Warner Cable's executive vice president of advanced technology, said in Monday's AP story. He said that just 5 percent of the company's subscribers take up half of the capacity on local cable lines.

Time Warner Cable has 90,000 customers in the trial area, but the test pricing structure will affect only new subscribers. The gigabyte surcharges go into effect after the first two months of service.

Reaction to the start of the test was swift--and often harsh.
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I found this customer response to be spot on:
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"Is Time Warner Cable crazy?" writes Stacey Higginbotham at GigaOm, who says she is a customer of the company. "(H)ere's where I question Time Warner Cable's sanity: By offering tiered service at 15 Mbps it's promising me faster speeds that I will have limited opportunity to use, potentially driving me into the arms of another provider. Additionally, the cable guys are in a fight to the death with the telephone companies, who are unlikely to resort to such plans because they don't have the same limitations when delivering last-mile services."
I live in Texas but I don't have Time Warner thank God, hopefully once these ISPs start to lose customers they will come to their senses. If Verizon starts this, I feel sorry for Fios owners.
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I'd call up TW and cancel my service the minute it went into effect if they brought this here.
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Get used to it USA. I wil be glad to see lower costs as this will lower the cost if they add reduced speeds after so much and also stop those massive downloaders. No wonder why some people experience slow downs on sites as someone is chewing up the bandwidth.
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I am wondering how this will effect people that run online games all day and night. I know my computer and Xbox were always on line with someone playing. I would cancel my service as soon as they put this in also. You might start seeing a new trend in localized satilite wifi. also known as neghborhood wifi services. they are cheap and with enough people you could get a pretty good service set up. fo juts over $2000 start up and some $500 a month service. It has been a bit since I've looked into it so the prices may be different.
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well im screwed...I got my own bandwith monitering, the new DD-WRT V24...this really sucks...I used A LOT of bandwith this weekend playing Lineage2 and Vent F U TW

Hope this not hit the NEO (North-East Ohio) Region anytime soon.
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Get used to it USA. I wil be glad to see lower costs as this will lower the cost if they add reduced speeds after so much and also stop those massive downloaders. No wonder why some people experience slow downs on sites as someone is chewing up the bandwidth.
This includes individuals buying and then downloading games via Steam, Movies via Itunes etc...

If they plan on using this temporarily to pay for improved info structure for a few years, then perhaps I would go for it, though only with a 15 gig cap at least. Other wise this is a bit silly.
    
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5GB cap!?! I would blow by that with CSS map downloads alone, nevermind web browsing and game packets or youtube.
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Yup...this really sucks...I got a friend from Lineage 2 I play with 50$ a month, unlimited bandwith and 100megabit connection...US ISP's blow

He lives in Sweden BTW...
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I am wondering how this will effect people that run online games all day and night. I know my computer and Xbox were always on line with someone playing. I would cancel my service as soon as they put this in also. You might start seeing a new trend in localized satilite wifi. also known as neghborhood wifi services. they are cheap and with enough people you could get a pretty good service set up. fo juts over $2000 start up and some $500 a month service. It has been a bit since I've looked into it so the prices may be different.
That sounds really good..though I would much rather we pay a state tax were they install wi-fi spots on every few blocks.
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We have this over here in the UK.

In a nutshell who wants to pay for a 'limited' service. I for one will not sign up to any company who will limit my total download level per month (5GB, 10GB or whatever). Even if I dont do any major downloading (Steam) I'd rather have the ability to just do it than have to worry about running out of 'credit'
    
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