Time Warner Cable to expand bandwidth caps, 40GB per month

TWC will be expanding its test of bandwidth caps to more cities in the coming weeks. Beaumont, Texas was the testing ground for TWC and has decided that its 40 GB caps for internet usage worked so well that they would expand the trials to other cities.

The new locations have not yet been announced but the unthinkably low 40GB cap may upset hundreds of thousands of users as streaming video services like Netflix, Hulu and YouTube could easily put you over that barrier with moderate usage, especially if it were HD material.

Alley Insider points out that TWC is not targeting a specific group like Comcast did with its 250 GB monthly cap but is going after moderate users as well. This new cap may also point to a new revenue model where overages could be charged to users or force them to upgrade their service.

This new limitation has a much more tangible impact than Comcast's 250 GB cap which targeted only the heaviest of users. Think of this scenario, a typical family of four with a son who likes to game on Xbox Live, a daughter who chats with friends on a webcam and parents who stream Netflix movies on the weekends; they could easily blow the cap.

TWC will be walking on very thin ice when it implements these new caps to users. It may face a backlash of consumers who leave TWC behind when they get their first bill showing data overages.

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If you are with another service, and think you are safe from this; then think again. You can bet all the other ips' are watching to see what happens, also over the air companies (hughes net, verizon, att., ext. are also watching). If TWC goes to this form of billing and still makes a profit more, and more ips' will be doing the same.

To them it isn't personnell, just good business (or a good way of ****ing the customer)

That's why I hate unlimited plans. It'd be better if all companies would offer for example 100 GB per month and guarantee that you'll be able to use these 100 GB without any limits.

Riiiiiiiiiiiiiight, you just keep supporting their goal of METERED usage. Today, it's 50 cents a gigabyte, tomorrow it's a dollar, then two...

40gb isn't that bad. In the UK we used to have unlimited until the caps started to creep in to almost every ISP here. I have 30gb and I manage quite well not to go over it when I easily used to do 60-100gb a month, sometimes I only use up 20gb on some months.

Unfortunately, TW and others know that the majority of the highest tier paying customers and also their highest users...catch 22.

I just downloaded the Halo Wars demo, that was 1GB, so that alone would have just sucked up 2.5% of my monthly cap...insane.

250GB is a perfect cap, as most people will never reach it and the people that do use the internet get a good bit of room to wiggle with... TWC is just idiotic for those caps... we need a national minimum cap... or something... but heck we cant even get a realistic national minimal speed thats good ....

neufuse said,
250GB is a perfect cap, as most people will never reach it and the people that do use the internet get a good bit of room to wiggle with... TWC is just idiotic for those caps... we need a national minimum cap... or something... but heck we cant even get a realistic national minimal speed thats good ....

Or better technology. Why does it look like the horizon is going to have static technology being limited by bull**** like this? We're taking steps back now? Why not adopt faster networking infrastructure technology?

Shadrack said,
Or better technology. Why does it look like the horizon is going to have static technology being limited by bull**** like this? We're taking steps back now? Why not adopt faster networking infrastructure technology?
Taxes are already high enough! ? Of course I agree with you!!

TWC isn't in my neck of the woods, but this story and reading your comments make me glad there is a healthy amount of competition in my area for broadband internet. Although not currently very competitive, cell phone providers are also looking into the growing demand for wireless broadband access.

My advice to all TWC customers who are about to get it up the A, switch to another provider.

Last month I downloaded 272GB according to my router. I thank Technet, XBL and Netflix. I never got a warning from Comcast at the 250GB mark, my friend on the other hand downloaded 800GB and Comcast IT called him personally.

I got the 20/20 pack from Verizon. w00t.

RevitXman said,
Last month I downloaded 272GB according to my router. I thank Technet, XBL and Netflix. I never got a warning from Comcast at the 250GB mark, my friend on the other hand downloaded 800GB and Comcast IT called him personally.

I got the 20/20 pack from Verizon. w00t.

I think they realize that some people will still go over every now and again and do a rough enforcement of that policy. 800GB is just plain insane though. They were probably curious as to what they were doing.

Heh. ****ty service that's full of frequent, ridiculous packet loss and now they're thinking of putting up some absurd limit. I think it's time to do some corporate headhunting.

Wow guys. I would KILL for a 40Gb cap! Here in South Africa the average line speed is 348kb/s with 1/2/3Gb caps common place and 9c for each Mb over the cap.

see-seA said,
Wow guys. I would KILL for a 40Gb cap! Here in South Africa the average line speed is 348kb/s with 1/2/3Gb caps common place and 0.09c for each Mb over the cap.

Time to move a country lol

Ha! We here in Australia have been suffering from these extremely low download caps since the beginning of time or so I've been told - moved here 4 years ago. Imagine my shock moving from unlimited downloads to 20 gigs a month...good times.

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