Time Warner reevaluating super-fast broadband plans?

By on April 22, 2009, 7:04 PM
Now that a consumer backlash has forced it to temporarily halt its consumption-based billing trials, Time Warner Cable is apparently having second thoughts about their planned DOCSIS 3.0 service that will supposedly deliver speeds of up to 50Mbps. “It was scheduled as part of CBB [consumption-based billing] trial, but we all know how you feel about that,” said the company’s VP of public relations responding to GigaOM on Twitter.

The company starting talking up its ultra-fast internet service last year and promised a phased roll-out in 2009. Attitudes seem to have changed, however, now that the company might not get a cash infusion from pricey metered usage plans. DOCSIS 3.0 hasn't necessarily been scrapped, but the company maintains that it needs the extra revenue to pay for the upgrades – even though their own numbers seem to show otherwise. Hopefully we’ll get more detailed explanations outside of 140 character Twitter messages soon.

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jtc2112 said:
I hate Time Warner
viperpfl said:
Just a scare tactic from TWC. They will use that scare tactic to say people don't really want fast speeds. There trials were done where there was no competition. There was nothing to say they were going to upgrade these areas due to the fact there is no competition. They say they are not making money but there SEC filing says otherwise. If Cablevision can offer faster speeds than TWC with no caps, then TWC must be doing something wrong.
tengeta said:
Oh, well you didn't want bandwidth caps, so you can't have any need for faster bandwidth.So its not that they're greedy, its that they are just that dumb.
jjkusaf said:
what is the point of the faster speeds? You would just reach the CAP faster. Screw TW
windmill007 said:
I hope both Time Warner and Comcast can both go down in a ball of flames! They are soo greedy its beyond comprehensible why anyone would use there service if they have any available alternative.
anguis said:
With a 100GB cap, using a 50mbps stream for 4.5 hours you would reach the cap. 4.5 hours of internet per month.
gobbybobby said:
Thats stupid, get with an ISP that offer unlimited downloads at the best speed they can give you, with no limitations. (ie limiting heavy downloaders or limiting usage at certain times of the day)
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