FORWARD TO THE PAST

4. June 2008, 17:24 | by WD Milner | Full Article |

In a move sure to raise the ire of many subscribers, Time-Warner are test marketing metered internet. Many of us remember the bad old days of limited megabytes or minutes per month and how frustrating it was. That was why we were so glad to see broadband arrive for the consumer. Well if Time-Warner has its way, instead of “back to the future” it will be “forward to the past”.

Starting Thursday June 5, Time-Warner Cable will be imposing a monthly cap for new subscribers, and users who go over the new limit will now be charged $1.00 per gigabyte of data transfered in the trial area of Beaumont, Texas, which numbers approximately 90,000 customers.

The company is apparently trying to stop those who they feel use an excessive amount of peer-to-peer applications. The new pricing scheme will range from $29.95 per month for 768 kbps with a 5 gigabyte transfer cap to $54.90 per month for 15 mbps with a 40 gigabyte cap, according to Reuters. Both downloads and uploads will count toward the monthly transfer cap. Users will be able to monitor their data usage from the company’s Web site.

Ironically, it is the minority of users that actually need the tranfer rates and the very applications involved are part of the selling points for broadband users.

Thanks TW, for taking us back to the bad old days.

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Keywords: Time-Warner,broadband,cap,transfer,peer-to-peer,P2P

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