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Time Warner Backs Down

It looks like after two weeks of public outcry against metered bandwidth, Time Warner has backed down with their trials system of bandwidth capping.   Their initial test in a small town in Texas went over smooth I'm sure because nobody seemed to notice, but citizens in Rochester, NY we're not having it.

The plan to expand the test into North Carolina and New York survived in public for two weeks, and not even TWC's decision to dramatically boost the caps a week into the fracas could stop the anger. Not that the company believes anything about the plan was fundamentally misguided; as CEO Glenn Britt put it today, "There is a great deal of misunderstanding about our plans to roll out additional tests on consumption based billing."

That "misunderstanding" went all the way to the top. Congressman Eric Massa (D-NY) last week announced his plan to introduce a bill placing limits on the ability of companies like TWC to cap its connections, especially in areas where it was a virtual monopoly. But it took a heavier hitter—in this case, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY)—to make TWC change its ways.

Hopefully this shows Time Warner and other ISPs about what people think of bandwidth caps.   I've already ranted about them in some posts before, so I won't get into it again, but I'm pleased that Time Warner has seen that bandwidth caps are only going to hurt the consumers and themselves.
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