At first I was happy to read this article: Time Warner Cable Halts Internet Tier Pricing Plan. Yay, they won’t be squashing people!
But then I read the text of the article, and see the attitude that Time Warner cops and I’m very sure I’m not happy about it.
Heck, the opening paragraph is insulting:
Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt said today the company is shelving plans for consumption-based pricing in Rochester and four other cities while the "customer education process continues."
“Customer education process,” huh? What they’re saying is that we’re too stupid to understand how being raped is beneficial to us. But we continue:
"It is clear from the public response over the last two weeks that there is a great deal of misunderstanding about our plans to roll out additional tests on consumption-based billing,"
Again, it’s our fault that we got it wrong. They want to charge people more who are not casual users, and it’s our fault. Do you think we’re done? Read on:
"As a result, we will not proceed with implementation of additional tests until further consultation with our customers and other interested parties, ensuring that community needs are being met."
How many customers, so far, would you guess have said, “Hey, that sounds great!” when polled. “I’m so used to overage minutes on my cell phone plan, that overage megabytes on the Internet hardly seems any different.” I doubt many. The final statement by the company:
The company said it is working to make measurement tools available so customers understand how much bandwidth they use.
They want to make you feel guilty for watching some YouTube videos. I’m curious how online video and radio services feel about this.
As an Internet customer, I’m worried that viewing bandwidth-consuming ads will cut in to my bandwidth limitation…