Timewarner Testing Bandwidth Limits & Overage Charges

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http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jwm8 ... wD9126HN8A

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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.

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Time Warner Cable had said in January that it was planning to conduct the trial in Beaumont, but did not give any details. On Monday, Leddy said its tiers will range from $29.95 a month for relatively slow service at 768 kilobits per second and a 5-gigabyte monthly cap to $54.90 per month for fast downloads at 15 megabits per second and a 40-gigabyte cap. Those prices cover the Internet portion of subscription bundles that include video or phone services. Both downloads and uploads will count toward the monthly cap.


I don't see this going over too well, especially with the popularity of video-everything lately.

If this goes through I'm might just turn mine off & be done with it depending on how quick I go through that 40G.
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At least its fast :)
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lol ... our cap starts at 3GB a month and it's the same price as your 40GB one ... also our line speed for that one is 384kbps, not 15mbps ...
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Let's assume my system stays on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

What happens when a virus slips past my guard & burns up my quota in one day ?

At 15mbps the quota could be burned up in as little as 45 minutes.
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Ok I did some realistic figuring this time.

It breaks down to being able to look at a page from icanhascheezburger.com images and all every 30 seconds 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
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Dang... glad I don't have Time Warner then - I refresh my lolcats every 15 seconds. *wink*

Seriously, though - for browsing and regular downloads that doesn't sound too bad, but for anyone who's into torrenting or watches a lot of videos with a program like Joost (i.e. anything that uploads and downloads) I could see it being a problem. Still, for you average person - even a fairly web active average person - it doesn't sound too terrible.

Still glad I don't have Time Warner though.
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Indeed. Glad I don't have Time Warner right now. But you know every other utility company is watching this test to see how it's results. I fear for the future of the internet. Truly I do.
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I just realized how much more I'm going to appreciate Ozzus signature image size restrictions if this goes through.

I'd hate to see how quick a quota would be burned up after a few threads with half a dozen posts containing 500KB signature images. :shock:
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Um in Australia, since the internet began we have had capped bandwidth limits. I have 50gb a month and I've never gone over, and I do heaps of crap, and my computer is on 24/7. Its not THAT bad!

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