Time Warner Cable Is Ready For A 'Conversation' About Rising Costs, But Not The One You Want To Have

from the choose-your-friends dept

It’s no secret that lots of internet users hate the idea of metered broadband. It adds serious mental transaction costs in using the internet (“will watching this movie actually cost me lots of money in overage fees?”) and generally limits innovation by limiting what you can do online. On top of that, there’s little evidence that such metered bandwidth is necessary (contrary to the claims of marketing people, when you talk to the tech people, they don’t see any real congestion problems). However, the broadband providers absolutely love the caps because they basically allow them to make more money without having to actually invest in expanding their infrastructure.

So it’s interesting to see that Time Warner Cable has set up a site, called Time Warner Cable Conversations, which they claim is a conversation with consumers about how to “fight rising costs.” Except… they really only want the conversation to be about rising costs caused by what the TV networks charge to carry the channels. If you want to talk about fighting rising costs by arguing against broadband metering, well, too bad. The whole site is moderated and limited and it appears that only conversations about TV networks and such are allowed. That’s not much of a “conversation” now, is it?

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Titania Bonham-Smythe (profile) says:

This is reminiscent of the Department for Education consultation that’s currently running in the UK regarding options for censorship “to protect the children”. It doesn’t ask whether censorship should happen, it asks which variety of censorship you want.


anon says:


I think all of those people now struggling to keep there internet usage under there limit will eventually have other options with Google fiber being released. If anything all of the big players are going to have a mad rush to install more fiber so they can compete because there prices and infrastructure, which has had billions of money invested by the government is just not capable of supplying what Google can.

It is really good when competition shows how the existing networks have been ripping people off.

Josef Anvil (profile) says:

Poor TWC

“While we?re working to reach an agreement, we think it?s wrong for Fox to hold Padres games hostage ? putting fans in the middle of our business negotiations. But with Fox playing hardball, Time Warner Cable has to hang tough.”

We too are working hard to reach an agreement with Google. We think its wrong for Time Warner Cable to impose unnecessary bandwidth caps and hold our bandwidth hostage, putting their greed above our service. While you play hardball we will encourage Google to move into our service area.

DataShade (profile) says:

The desire to lockdown the conversation isn’t really that hard to understand.

Cable company vs. FOX is kind of like Alien vs. Predator – on one hand, you enjoy watching because they’re both terrible, and the more damage they do to each other the better; but on the other hand, you take whatever shots you can at them because, at the end of the day, they’re fighting over who gets to eat you.

Josef Anvil (profile) says:

Overvalued content

It all starts with overvalued content. The Padres want to squeeze more from the fans who don’t want to pay the ticket prices so they watch the games at home. The response is for the Padres to charge Fox more, then Fox charges TWC more, then TWC wants to explain why it wants to charge the fans more.

End result – more cable cutting. Fans decide to pay less on their own terms.



When gas was even more expensive than it is now the sport of hypermileing got a lot of attention. Will we now experience “hyperdownloading” and learn new skills to maximise the increasingly expensive bandwidth? Here are a few work-arounds I see as promising: Aggressively block all web ads as well as unnecessary parts of pages. No “suggestions” or “recommendations” no “other articles you might like”, no grey overlays with pop-up “welcome” and “take a survey” boxes, in fact nothing but the article you wish to read. And block all the pointless stock photos, carelessly drawn graphics and video clips that simply say what is already in the text.

And replace streams with their overhead and buffering problems with free downloads of a known size. Download divx or mp4 formats and forget HD files. Turn off those auto-update pages that refresh endlessly as well as redirecting pages.

I think you will find that efforts to trim bandwidth will cause users to do a lot of things that the content providers do not want them to do. But faced with overcharges, I’ll dump ads and clutter first. Will advertisers oppose caps or just devise new scripts to make advert deletion more difficult?

J. cAFFEY says:

taking channel 2 away / rising costs

If, TWC takes channel 2 away, then why would we need cable if we cannot watch our favorite local channels? Local channels should never be threatened. So if that happens and we have to drop the cable, will we be penalized (the consumer). This makes no sense to me.

We shop for items and pay for it. I buy a pair of shoes I get one right and one left pair of the same shoe. With cable, we cannot choose what we want to pay for. I pay for sports channels I never watch. I pay for a higher teir just to watch one channel. It is fair? WHY? Now I understand why my two daughters do not have cable. They have internet, apple TV, Hulu and Neflex and they are quite happy. Are we all going to be forced to chose other options?

Lsiplin says:

Common TWC
Your basic charges are exorbatant and way ridiculous. It is a shame that you and CBS are so money hungry that you subject your clients to your political, greedy b.s.
I am going to check into other cable stations and be informed if I can get better service, reduced rates and not as many fu—– infomercials for the ridiculous amount I pay you monthly. Further, what about SENIOR CITIZENS who have supported your organization for far too many years and yet no consideration for their senior plights. The thanks we get are elevated costs for services.
Like I said, I will be shopping around for better service while you all haggle over power and money.

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