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Time Warner becomes more evil

Just when you thought you couldn’t possibly hate the cable company any more than you do, they raise the bar on suckiness. Time Warner Cable will soon be implementing bandwidth caps on their high-speed internet users in what looks to be an effort to kill streaming media companies like Netflix. Watching a handful of Netflix-streamed movies each month like my friend Greg Brown does would be enough to push you over the bandwidth cap.

I found out tonight that I’m not immune for being an Earthlink customer and not a Time Warner customer. According to the advocacy website StopTheCap.Com, Time Warner plans to cap Earthlink customers as well. So much for the illusion of competition!

All of this makes me wish we had municipal Internet like down the road in Wilson.

  1. they’re only doing this in Greensboro… and I’d be surprised if they tried this in Raleigh any time soon since we have AT&T U-verse available now.

    the day Time Warner puts a bandwidth cap on me is the day I move to AT&T or Verizon.

  2. btw, this quote sums it up:

    “We made a mistake early on by not defining our business based on the consumption dimension.”

  3. They didn’t define their business “based on consumption” because no one else was and so no one would have bought from them if they did. Now that they are the only players in many locations, they are changing the rules of the game. Sounds like a monopoly to me.

  4. Maybe I don’t completely understand, but doesn’t a monopoly mean that I don’t have a choice (did I just use that many negatives?).

    Don’t get me wrong, I do not like TWC either. That is why I do not subscribe to them. Can streaming video come thru AT&T or Verizon or someone else?

    They can change their rules and people can choose not to use them.

    A monopoly would be where my parents live in Rock Hill, SC. There is only one option for high speed internet. I don’t remember the name of the company, but they will not allow any others in the area. It is either them or dial-up.

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