(posted to Midrange-Nontech since I have an AS/400 at my home that is
connected to my Time Warner Road Runner internet service)
Time Warner Cable Tries Metering Internet Use
Associated Press, June 2, 2008
By Peter Svensson
You're used to paying extra if you use up your cell phone minutes, but will
you be willing to pay extra if your home computer goes over its Internet
Time Warner Cable Inc. customers -- and, later, others -- may have to, if
the company's test of metered Internet access is successful.
On Thursday, new Time Warner Cable Internet subscribers in Beaumont, Texas,
will have monthly allowances for the amount of data they upload and
download. Those who go over will be charged $1 per gigabyte, a Time Warner
Cable executive told the Associated Press.
Metered billing is an attempt to deal fairly with Internet usage, which is
very uneven among Time Warner Cable's subscribers, said Kevin Leddy, Time
Warner Cable's executive vice president of advanced technology.
Just 5 percent of the company's subscribers take up half of the capacity on
local cable lines, Leddy said. Other cable Internet service providers report
a similar distribution...