You ever get that feeling, while riding in a cab, to shorten your trip and walk the last few blocks because you see that the meter is zipping past your budget? Especially now in the $4 per gallon era. Well, the same thing is getting ready to happen to your Internet access, with the exception of having an option out. In the deal the media companies have made, we’ll be paying up whether we’re over budget or not.
Time Warner Cable Inc. is trying out metered Internet access. On Thursday, June 5, new Time Warner Cable Internet subscribers in Beaumont, Texas, will be constricted to a monthly allowance of Internet usage on uploads and downloads. Anything over the allotted allowance will be subject to a $1 per gigabyte overage charge, a Time Warner Cable executive told the Associated Press.
The new setup may very well scare off any new customers they expect to attract. But, they call themselves making an attempt to be fair to the little guy because the usage is unequal. Ever heard of big business being fair to us little people? Only 5 percent of the company’s subscribers are on the local cable lines, yet they take up half of the capacity, according to Kevin Leddy, Time Warner Cable’s executive vice president of advanced technology. Phone companies will probably not extend the same “fairness” to its customers because their lines are set up differently. But Comcast Corp., the country’s largest cable company, will more than likely join the ranks of Time Warner. Go here for the full story.