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      By Yinka Adegoke

      Time Warner Cable Inc said on Wednesday it is planning a trial to bill high-speed Internet subscribers based on their amount of usage rather than a flat fee, the standard industry practice.

      The second largest U.S. cable operator said it will test consumption-based billing with subscribers in Beaumont, Texas later this year as a part of a strategy to help reduce congestion of its network by a minority of consumers who pay the same monthly fee as light users.

      The company believes the billing system will impact only heavy users, who account for around 5 percent of all customers but typically use more than half of the total network bandwidth, according to a company spokesman.

      Slowing network congestion due to downloading of large media files such as video is a growing problem for Time Warner Cable. The company said the problem will worsen as video downloading becomes more popular.

      But the move could prove controversial. Unlike with utility bills such as the phone or electricity, which have traditionally been based on usage, U.S. high-speed Internet subscribers have come to expect a fixed monthly charge. An Internet bill typically only varies based on the speed of the consumer's Internet access.

      Time Warner Cable, which has 7.4 million residential Internet subscribers, is hoping the move will not confuse consumers if introduced nationwide and is planning a trial period.

      "Largely, people won't notice the difference," said the Time Warner Cable spokesman. "We don't want customers to feel they're getting less for more." News of Time Warner Cable's plans was originally leaked on an online industry forum BroadbandReports.com.

      Other cable operators may follow Time Warner Cable's lead and phone companies such as Verizon Communications Inc and AT&T Inc are likely to be watching the New York-based cable operator's plans.

      As U.S. consumers have become more used to streaming and downloading digital media over the Web, their Internet service providers have started to come under pressure to be able to keep up with growing demand in a cost-effective manner.

      Comcast Corp, the largest cable operator with around 13 million Internet subscribers, has been accused by consumer groups of blocking Web traffic moving across its networks, prompting a notice of inquiry by the Federal Communications Commission earlier this week.

      Comcast denies it blocks any Internet traffic saying it uses bandwidth management technology to help improve the customer experience but which may slow down some file transfers.

      http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080117/...er_internet_dc

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      Wow, that can potentially raise the prices of internet drastically. When you have the power you can do whatever you want.
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      Thats why I go to the library and stay there until the last minute of closing time. I guess the library will get charged extra fees. lol.





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      Quote Originally Posted by Im The Truth View Post
      Wow, that can potentially raise the prices of internet drastically. When you have the power you can do whatever you want.
      Greetings Im The Truth & G.O.D.F.A.T.H.A. !

      G.O.D.F.A.T.H.A. using the library is one way to save if you have that kind of time, but even then the library might just start to charge a fee based on usage as well...lol

      Im The Truth, If they are allowed to bill based on usage then prices will get so high having internet services will be another luxury item...lol

      Do you remember back in the days when they used to be charging by the hour for usage, that stopped a lot of people from even trying to get internet access, because you can spend an hour in the blink of an eye.

      In some ways people who don't use the service regularly will be happy for the price break, if it is done fairly. But we know how fair it will be. I think they are really aiming at people so they can find a way just to charge them more for the same service that they have now, since everyone is on some type of broadband system or another now.

      Thanks for sharing.
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      This is the way capitalism works, first they get you and the whole society depended on a product and than they sock it to you…

      What’s so sad is that if you read the way the laws or bi-laws were written in the beginning or early days of telecommunications, based on the spirit of these laws the airways were suppose to be part of the public domain, which meant belonging to the people. And most times “we the people” pay for the development of this communication science and even software as a lot of it was developed through government grants and eventually licensed away to private interest and then sold back to the public for a profit.

      This type of highway robbery by private interest in cahoots with the government is why the hackers are so animate about free usage of all technological knowledge.



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      Quote Originally Posted by Sun Ship View Post
      This is the way capitalism works, first they get you and the whole society depended on a product and than they sock it to you…

      What’s so sad is that if you read the way the laws or bi-laws were written in the beginning or early days of telecommunications, based on the spirit of these laws the airways were suppose to be part of the public domain, which meant belonging to the people. And most times “we the people” pay for the development of this communication science and even software as a lot of it was developed through government grants and eventually licensed away to private interest and then sold back to the public for a profit.

      This type of highway robbery by private interest in cahoots with the government is why the hackers are so animate about free usage of all technological knowledge.

      Ditto! Comrade SunShip, you hit the nail right on the head. They always claim to be doing things to help the public, but when it's all done the public ends up paying over and over again. Time and time again the goverment is in cohoots (long time I haven't heard that word...lol) with these companies and they and their bredren end up making all the money and keeping it for themselves.

      Thieves and bandits is what those private interests and government agencies are. Hackers help the public more. At least they want free usage of the technology.

      Much appreciation Sun Ship for telling it like it is.

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