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Don't use Time Warner Cable internet! They're going to cap bandwidth!
« on: June 04, 2008, 07:11:09 am »

Time Warner Launches Bandwidth-Capped Internet Plan
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nf/20080603/tc_nf/60098;_ylt=AvhvnG8CgsRvAQNiLxTPEwKs0NUE

Why is this bad....? You get less for your money! And you could end up paying a lot more, especially if you visit YouTube or use  iTunes a lot.  Not to mention online gaming....   Shocked

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The first tier, at $29.95 monthly, will be a relatively slow 768 kilobits per second with a 5GB monthly cap, while a plan at $54.90 per month will offer 15 megabits per second and a 40GB cap.

Both downloads and uploads count toward the monthly total. Overages will be charged at $1 a gigabyte.

For now, it only applies to new customers, but I'm sure that will change over time.

Other ISPs don't do this in the USA. This kind of crap happens in other countries, but that doesn't make it right. It shouldn't be happening there either, but at least this kind of thing hasn't taken hold here yet, so it's not too late. Let's keep it out of the USA by protesting Time Warner as an ISP. If you have Time Warner internet, then get rid of it. Find a new ISP, even though you're not a new customer. If you're looking for broadband, then avoid Time Warner! Spread this around! People need to know about it!  Shocked

Comcast is planning a bandwidth cap too, which is also annoying, but at least it's a pretty reasonable 250 gigabytes.
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Re: Don't use Time Warner Cable internet! They're going to cap bandwidth!
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2008, 09:34:55 pm »

Thanks for the tip! If I ever move to Beaumont, Texas, I won't use Time  Warner as an ISP. Seriously, though, I wonder how much any cap would affect me. I doubt anything will come of it, really. I don't see this move as ever being popular. People who it affects would hate it and people who it doesn't would be completely apathetic.
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Re: Don't use Time Warner Cable internet! They're going to cap bandwidth!
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2008, 10:14:01 pm »

Yeah, I'm really hoping it doesn't work out. We don't want to end up with the same broadband situation as Australia. If it does work, then it will spread to other places and other ISPs would start doing the same thing.  Shocked
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Re: Don't use Time Warner Cable internet! They're going to cap bandwidth!
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2008, 12:55:58 am »

That's a really lousy deal. Even without the cap it would still be somewhat expensive. I guess we have more competition here in Sweden, even on the countryside.

This seems like a rather transparent anti-piracy ploy. With such high flat fees I doubt they'd make much of an impression. Many people are used to unlimited bandwidth now and no one is really buying the 'Tubes' argument... hold on... an Internet is being sent to me an   d    la  g l ag l a g g g ...all tan gl e d ...

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