Internet Griefs Back

Copied from stopthecap.com which is being hammered for obvious reasons: netizens combined with congresscritters wanting to be netizens (or just look like them) scare off Time Warner’s planned bandwidth money grab. For now.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and I stood side by side this afternoon in front of Time Warner headquarters in Rochester to announce that Time Warner has shelved its broadband tiering nightmare.

“In the face of enormous community opposition and at Schumer’s urging, Time Warner will shelve the plan for all of their test markets,” Schumer wrote in a prepared statement.

StoptheCap! confirmed moments ago with the senator’s press secretary that this effectively ends tiered pricing in EVERY Time Warner market.

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18 Responses to Internet Griefs Back

  1. […] Cnsumption-based Internet Pricing: the saga ends, Time Warner caves to the deafening roar of its customers Can you hear the pitchforks being put away and the torches being doused? […]

  2. I almost don’t see the point of this. It seems like everyone I know who was opposed to this has ALREADY switched away from Time-Warner, and is unlikely to go back now. They might as well try to soak up money from the remaining subscribers… 😛

  3. Belsameth says:

    Am I glad I live in the barbaric lands of europe (NL to be precise)
    100/100 and no usage caps, nor any forthcomming. All ISP’s here dropped them when the first one started. Too much competition now to go back.

  4. sinij says:

    Matthew Weigel :
    I almost don’t see the point of this. It seems like everyone I know who was opposed to this has ALREADY switched away from Time-Warner

    In that case they ALREADY won, in case you missed it, they are not actually interested in providing business to people who would hit above the cap.

    If you truly want to punish them, switch back and download more, otherwise whole thing is resounding financial success for T-W.

    Next from T-W, new “kick you in the balls” program. If you exceed bandwidth cap they will send thier technician to kick you in the balls.

  5. Gx1080 says:

    Victory for now. But they will try to “reeducate costumers” again. They should learn that people wont pay TWICE for downloating content. If you want money from that you need to sign with the people that provide said content.

    Short Vestion:
    Dear Time Warner,
    please suck it up and sign with Steam.
    Your frendly neighbor,
    Gx 1080

  6. Freakazoid says:

    That’ll do, internet. That’ll do.

  7. Merkwurdigliebe says:

    Well, at least when YOU use the term “netizen” I can assume/pretend you are being tongue-in-cheek.

  8. Siddar says:

    sinij :

    Matthew Weigel :I almost don’t see the point of this. It seems like everyone I know who was opposed to this has ALREADY switched away from Time-Warner

    In that case they ALREADY won, in case you missed it, they are not actually interested in providing business to people who would hit above the cap.
    If you truly want to punish them, switch back and download more, otherwise whole thing is resounding financial success for T-W.
    Next from T-W, new “kick you in the balls” program. If you exceed bandwidth cap they will send thier technician to kick you in the balls.

    I disagree they want to provide service to those that go above caps thats the whole reason for the caps in the first place. They just want that service to cost more then current noncapped service.

    The whole issue was just a blatant atempt to charge some users more. There is no shortage of internet bandwidth. The cost of internet is still dropping a new system built today will cost less and provide higher bandwidth at a lower servicing costs then any already built system. Given that it is clear there was zero valid cost basis for pricing model being proposed. It was simply a atempt to con people into paying higher prices for a service that actualy should be dropping in price not increasing.

    The future is about building a bigger internet if that is what is needed its not about trying to ration bandwidth. The people using the internet above proposed caps are the ones doing it right and internet providers will ether learn to embrace the future or be replaced by those will.

  9. Mark Asher says:

    I really don’t know what the economics of all this is, but I don’t mind the idea of people who only want to surf and read and send email getting cheaper broadband access than the people who are downloading a lot of digital media. I don’t think tiered pricing is evil and wrong.

  10. Hatch says:

    @Mark Asher

    Of course the fact that all they had to do was provide the congressman proof that a 250gb/mo user actually does cost them more month than a 10gb user. Sadly they couldn’t. As long as they cap the amount of data you can stream at once trying to cap the amount per month in addition to that is like saying “Here is this awesome car we promised you, but you only get a gallon of gas for it every month now”.

    This wouldn’t work at all if there were competing cable companies instead of huge areas of one provider.

    Edit: Also this cost them more than the overage users. I recommend data services for a lot of folks, and guess who I don’t recommend to anyone anymore. You may only have 1% who exceed the cap but you got the entire geek crew upset with this. That geek crew is important for word of mouth cred.

  11. Korak says:

    You might think everyone that would switch have already switched but that’s not the case for millions of cable users. Most people wouldn’t know about this until they get hit with the huge bills.

    Time Warner is totally clueless but the sad part is this will eventually be the way it is in every industrial nation. Bandwidth costs money and people are using more and more of it. Imagine when literally everything possible in your house is connected to the internet. We’re only about 100 years off from that, maybe less for smaller nations.

  12. Longasc says:

    America is full of socialists and commies nowadays! FREE MARKET, MAN! 🙂

  13. D-0ne says:

    Longasc :
    America is full of socialists and commies nowadays! FREE MARKET, MAN!

    Most Cable Internet providers have a cable monopoly for a given area.

  14. Tilon says:

    Short Vestion:
    Dear Time Warner,
    please suck it up and sign with Steam.
    Your frendly neighbor,
    Gx 1080

    Real Version:

    This is Time Warner.
    We’re not going to ‘suck’ anything up, because we’re a Megacorp with more resources and connections than you can even imagine in your feeble mind.
    When we roll out caps in a year or so again, after the plebs have enough time to forget about it, try not to be too mad. We’ll have learned how to sneak it by them by that time.

    Sincerely,
    Time Warner Cable

  15. Baktru says:

    Back in Belgium, the few big providers that all have tiered pricing, have gobbled up the last ‘unlimited download’ provider over a year ago…

    As far as the car comparison goes, it’s like buying a car where you get x gallons of free gas a month included. Anything more, you pay for.

  16. TPRJones says:

    That analogy would only work if you had to buy gas from the people that sold you the car, at whatever price they wanted it to be. And in many places you don’t have much choice about who will sell you the car to begin with, because by law only one dealership is allowed to sell to you.

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