Time Warner Cable thinking about metered net usage again

One of the biggest Internet broadband providers in the US is thinking once again about putting in metered Internet usage for its customers, two years after a previous attempt was shut down. Bloomberg reports that Time Warner Cable is reportedly testing new technology that would measure how much data its customers use for its net access.

According to the article the company's CEO Glenn Britt has said that while they are testing this new metered system Time Warner Cable has yet to decide if they will launch the system to all its customers. If Time Warner Cable does decide to put in a metered Internet system for its customers its likely to be much like other ISP have in place with an overall broadband cap with overage fees for going over that data cap.

Back in 2009, Time Warner Cable started a test program in some sections of the US where it tried a metered billing system for Internet access. The broadband cap for some of its customers were as low as 40 GBs of data a month. Customer reaction to this plan was needless to say not positive and Time Warner Cable quietly shut down the pilot program a few months later. However the head of the company seems to still believe that metered Internet pricing will still happen at some point. The web site Stop The Cap reports that earlier this month Britt told a group at a Wall Street investor event, " ... people who want to spend eight hours a day watching video online is fine with me, but they should pay more than somebody who reads e-mail once a week."

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The real reason Time Warner is looking at data caps? Their cable TV franchises.
As more and more people pull their cable plug and switch to purely internet access, they're loosing that extra $$. How to keep them watching cable TV and not Hulu, YouTube, etc.? Data caps.

If the dare... I will drop them like it is hot. Unfortunatley, because of the allowed Monopolies because of infrustructure blah blah blah... we don't have much choice. Apt buildings having contacts blah blah blah... options are scarce... I was about to try Clear for home and see how that works for me. I might just have to do my test for sure.

Welcome to the Internet services we get in Australia XD It's kinda ironic actually, Australia is moving towards larger data caps and unlimited plans, whereas America's moving towards small data caps from unlimited plans. I don't live there so I can't say I know a lot about it, but what reason do the companies over there have for moving backward on their plans?

Ryan7 said,
Welcome to the Internet services we get in Australia XD It's kinda ironic actually, Australia is moving towards larger data caps and unlimited plans, whereas America's moving towards small data caps from unlimited plans. I don't live there so I can't say I know a lot about it, but what reason do the companies over there have for moving backward on their plans?

Howdy neighbor,, I wonder when NZ will follow Ozies suit probably not anytime soon I think as our Govt has no spine or balls to speak of and there's no real competition here

NO i have 5 laptops and normally 3 or streaming something or downloading or gaming ... i burn 40 gigs a month easy .. and since its summer and my kids are out of school .... GRRRR i could see it getting higher and higher ..

not counting the 360's connected that's normally connected to xbox live etc etc

you cant put a cap on growing businesses requiring serious data bandwidth to run all kinds of service these days. It doesnt make sense.

Britt told a group at a Wall Street investor event, " ... people who want to spend eight hours a day watching video online is fine with me, but they should pay more than somebody who reads e-mail once a week."

Translation [What Brit *really* meant] --> if we can get away charging more we will.

Brit's income depends on profits - profits depend on total revenue taken in minus costs. Take in more money for little or no more cost & for Brit it's a winner. What's unique about caps is they can target those most dependent on your service, so it acts like a sin tax. Most people will tolerate sin taxes better than other kinds, thinking those that get taxed most deserve it. Where caps failed it was due to unbridled greed overcoming better judgement -- too much to too many too soon. Not only does your customer base riot, but should competition jump in they could steal that base in a heartbeat.

Unfortunately our aging, failing infrastructure coupled with regulations that vary community by community means that in many locations the cable company owns you, & can do whatever they please knowing there's nothing to switch to.

Tempting to drop TW Roadrunner and just use my cellphone as a wifi hotspot. I get *reasonable* speeds at home and it would only cost me an extra $10/mo for tethering.

Ever since they bought up Adelphia they've become the only option for residential broadband in North East Ohio and I absolutely despise them.

mollick2 said,
Ever since they bought up Adelphia they've become the only option for residential broadband in North East Ohio and I absolutely despise them.

Same here, I live near Akron, the only REAL choice we have is earthstink thru time warner cable, it's a little cheaper and has usenet service but as soon as TW impliments their latest "fleece the customer" methods you can bet earthstink will follow suit.

mollick2 said,
Ever since they bought up Adelphia they've become the only option for residential broadband in North East Ohio and I absolutely despise them.

Me too. I'm in North East Ohio too.

And to think I ran to TWC from the American Thieves & Thugs (AT&T) to escape these usage caps. What am I going to do? I don't at all abuse my Internet connection, I probably barely use 150 GBs a month. I just don't want to have to worry about some arbitrary number and the possibility of being charged more at the end of the month.

Bandwidth caps need to stop... Comcast just tested or showed off a demo of a new Super fast connection but what the hell good is it when #1 it won't hit all homes for 20 years and #2 it's on a 250 cap!!! needs to stop and stop now!! Those of you that say you left one service for another and don't have a cap..well unless you fight with the rest you will soon get a cap too! They will follow each other in this as they get away with it!!

sava700 said,
Bandwidth caps need to stop... Comcast just tested or showed off a demo of a new Super fast connection but what the hell good is it when #1 it won't hit all homes for 20 years and #2 it's on a 250 cap!!! needs to stop and stop now!! Those of you that say you left one service for another and don't have a cap..well unless you fight with the rest you will soon get a cap too! They will follow each other in this as they get away with it!!


Faster service but with caps is like giving someone the keys to a Porsche and only allowing them to travel on dirt roads.

Time Warner would be shooting themselves in the foot if they started metered usage in areas where fiber such as Verizon Fios is available that offers far better speeds and unlimited bandwidth usage. With my Fios connection I can go over 1TB a month without so much as a peep from Verizon.

Xtreme2damax said,
Time Warner would be shooting themselves in the foot if they started metered usage in areas where fiber such as Verizon Fios is available that offers far better speeds and unlimited bandwidth usage. With my Fios connection I can go over 1TB a month without so much as a peep from Verizon.
I downloaded over 3TB last month on my TWC connection. So at the moment they dont care.

Welcome to the two tier system the rich get faster and the poor get dialup. What happened to the belief that we are all equals on the net and information is free to everyone. Or did I just dream all that up one night.

Welcome to modern America, where there isn't any true capitalism and competition between competing vendors, just a series of gentlemen's agreements to split up the pie in ways that keeps everyone making more and more money.

This guarantees that prices continue to go up and up, while service continues to get worse and worse.

lol what a joke......best start charging more for sky/virgin/cable tv if someone watches more tv then, or maybe up the tv licence for someone who watches more tv than someone else or double it if someone else watches it or uses it etc what money grabbing £$$%^^&%^£$%£%£$%£%£"""£.
What happened to buying or paying for something and doing as you want with it. pah

Pete G said,
lol what a joke......best start charging more for sky/virgin/cable tv if someone watches more tv then, or maybe up the tv licence for someone who watches more tv than someone else or double it if someone else watches it or uses it etc what money grabbing £$%^^&%^£$%£%£$%£%£"""£.
What happened to buying or paying for something and doing as you want with it. pah


Hasnt been that way for decades, almost everything comes with T&Cs and Fair Use Policies. It costs the ISPs far more for the bandwidth than they charge you for, blame the idiots who download top whack 24/7.

Jenson said,

Hasnt been that way for decades, almost everything comes with T&Cs and Fair Use Policies. It costs the ISPs far more for the bandwidth than they charge you for, blame the idiots who download top whack 24/7.
Utter nonsense. ISPs aren't charities dolling out cheap bandwidth, they make massive profits off the backs of consumers. This is just another money grab attempt.

Jenson said,

Hasnt been that way for decades, almost everything comes with T&Cs and Fair Use Policies. It costs the ISPs far more for the bandwidth than they charge you for, blame the idiots who download top whack 24/7.

I think you got that backwards. ISPs charge way more for the bandwidth than they pay for it. Then when it's time for upgrades they foist caps on people and blame the top 2% of users in their ads and the idiots who don't know any better actually believe them, then don't realize that even they are being screwed over with these ridiculous caps.

" ... people who want to spend eight hours a day watching video online is fine with me, but they should pay more than somebody who reads e-mail once a week."

Don't they use diferent prices for diferent speeds? My guess is that people already do this. I don't imagine someone paying a highest speed with no limits for checking their email. *******. Aint' gonna work.

And let's be clear, so far NONE of the metered providers have lowered their base rates one penny. What they do is "allow" you to keep the exact same service at the exact same speed at the exact same price you were paying before...but now if you go over an arbitrary cap they jack up your rate.

And let's be clear about this also, their COST per gigabyte is ONE US PENNY. So they're already charging people say $100 per month for top tier service. If they cap that at 250gb, it means you are paying $100 for $2.50 worth of hard cost bandwidth.

These companies are just trying to maximize shareholder reported profits by not having to keep upgrading their hardware infrastructure to keep up with the rest of the world (we're already WAY behind all other developed nations).

And because they know that they have no real competition per area, they are immune to the normal market pressures that would control this...namely competition at the same bandwidth tiers.

DSL covers the low end, Cable covers the mid-end, and Fiber covers the high end. There is virtually no place in the United States where there is more that one of any of these providers in the area, so any change in vendor means a change in net service...usually down, since most people pay for the fastest service they can afford.

And, of course, people in apartment complexes, etc. are triple screwed, because there may be only one vendor PERIOD per location.

This is anti-competitive, racketeering at its worst. If they want to jack up the prices to show every-increasing promises, so be it, but the FCC should take the shackles off of ALL providers, so that others can use the same cable lines, fiber optics, etc.

I don't know about the accuracy of those cost numbers, but +1 to the rest. My provider doesn't implement caps, but it has taken them far longer to raise speeds to compete with "the big guys." Right now, the normal residential tier is 10 Mbps down/2 Mbps up.

excalpius said,
(we're already WAY behind all other developed nations).

you really think your behind the rest of the world do you maybe you need to come spend a little time here in New Zealand and find out what truly BAD broadband is... between the hours of 2pm and 2am I struggle to even stream a ****y little youtube vid and I pay $100+ for 40GB

you yanks make me spew when I read about what your paying for BB per month and then complain like a child who's had his candy taken off him when their ISP decides to make changes you don't like well BOO freaking WHOOOO

Athlonite said,

you really think your behind the rest of the world do you maybe you need to come spend a little time here in New Zealand and find out what truly BAD broadband is... between the hours of 2pm and 2am I struggle to even stream a ****y little youtube vid and I pay $100+ for 40GB

you yanks make me spew when I read about what your paying for BB per month and then complain like a child who's had his candy taken off him when their ISP decides to make changes you don't like well BOO freaking WHOOOO

Just because you're getting screwed harder than us doesn't mean we're not getting screwed and tired of the BS as well. Guess you guys just need to step up let your voices be heard if it's that bad. I assure you that all providers in the US adding caps will lose customers to providers that don't. We'll see how much it hurts them and see if they change their minds.

I dont want to have 100 email accounts as a offer, or 10 mb website space, I want better internet speeds with my docsis 3.0!

DrOmango said,
I dont want to have 100 email accounts as a offer, or 10 mb website space..

or "cloud service" or "free online antivirus plan" (aka proxy)

Hmm so I think I have used up 11,192,955,123 bytes in 9 days. So im already reaching cap as a gamer, itunes music downloader, and have 4 people in same household using internet and watch youtube and politics all day and I have to pay extra for this ****? I too have wideband connection.

kabix said,
I will cancel Wide Band as soon as they start metering.

Agreed, I hate Time Warner as it is, but they have the best internet in my area. Regardless, they will lose me as a customer if this happens.