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Time Warner Cable Piloting Disgustingly Low Bandwidth Caps

Zach Epstein
June 4th, 2008 at 10:01 AM

As we delve further into an age where more and more content is obtained and consumed digitally, Time Warner Cable seems to be doing everything it can to stifle progress. Residents of Beaumont, Texas are in for a treat later this week when Time Warner goes live with a new pilot for its cable internet customers. Under this pilot, cable internet customers will be limited to a measly 40 GB of traffic each month. The cost of service in Beaumont will still be $54.90 during this trial period, which by the way amounts to an astonishing $1.37 per gigabyte. The assumption of course is that internet subscribers who also choose VoIP or VOD services will see the 40 GB limitation lifted while the rest are left without an option to even pay an additional fee for more bandwidth. Heavy users such as those who embrace set top box offerings like Apple TV and Vudu are essentially given three choices in this scenario; Buy additional Time Warner services, stop using the internet as you have become accustomed or stop embracing these advancements in internet technology altogether. Do you currently consume all of your media via digital downloads? Buy a DVD. Do you enjoy the convenience and simplicity of online backup services such as Carbonite and Mozy? Buy an external hard drive. Time Warner Cable can’t single handedly reverse the exponential technology curve that the internet has bolstered, but it sure looks like they’re going to try.

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Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.




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