25 thoughts on “AT&T, Time Warner Cable Up the Metered Internet Ante”

  1. Wasn’t metered net access cited as an impediment to Europe’s net growth during the mid-late 90s? My memory isn’t great, but I thought I recalled reading that as justification for fixed ‘up to’ pricing in the US contributing to net traffic growth.

  2. it is just like when the cable giants (the two of them) moved beloved channels from their basic tiers to their higher priced tiers.

    the see dollars in streaming movies. they will succeed in capturing consumer’s dollars without fear of regulation, loss of money or simple niceness.

  3. I understand the meter analogy, guys, but the picture stretches it just a bit (and we’re all sick of hearing/talking about high gas prices). Please use more relative artwork for your articles.

  4. I transfer data back/forth from my blogs & websites daily. For me, the equation is simple: Metered Internet = Timid Users = Massive Reduction in File Transfers = Massive Reduction in Services that use Audio & Video replay and downloads. Not good on any level…

  5. It is way to trap the customers into a limit then allow them to go beyond the limit and charge them at $5/min for going beyond the limit, like they did for mobile consumers.

  6. this really stinks.

    but one thing i have never understood. why offer different speed levels combined with overages? it makes sense to me that if they will be charging overages they would want maximum usage on all accounts. this would be more likely achieved if all account had the maximum possible speed. what they offer would be equivalent to offering static full phone calls for those on low minute usage plans and crystal clear voice on higher usage plans. does not make very much sense was the meter is turned on.

  7. at the end of the day this is going to shut down nearly all the free hot spots in small coffee shops, cafes, etc. only the brand name commercial places like starbucks will be left with wifi. and of course people who now willingly leave their wifi open for there neighbors will be unlikely to continue doing so as well as small hotel and apartment complexes with lobby wifi from cable/DSL.

  8. Mr. Malik,

    Can you please write a post about a huge emerging market, i.e. India and the metered tiers for broadband pricing there?



  9. hmmm not sure if i would say analytics is half the picture, but getting feedback from actual users of your site is ab big help. But as with anything, people say one thing and do another. You just have to know how to adapt to what your numbers are saying. The numbers don

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