Time Warner had been testing what they call Consumption Based Billing. They have since stopped their trials since there was a public outcry over the issue. From what I read it appears that users would be limited to the amount they could download by the GB. A meter would keep track of how much you downloaded per month and you would be billed accordingly.

Interesting concept. Maybe they can put a meter on our TV’s and bill us on how much time we spend watching the television. Why are they doing this? They are doing this for you and me. That’s what they say. According to their web site, Time Warner states:

Time Warner Cable also announced that it is working to make measurement tools available as quickly as possible.  These tools will help customers understand how much bandwidth they consume and aid in the dialog going forward.

Britt added, “We look forward to continuing to work with Senator Schumer, our customers and all of the other interested parties as the process moves forward, to ensure that informed decisions are made about the best way to continue to provide our customers with the level of service that they expect and deserve from Time Warner Cable.”

How about this:

We don’t have any specific plans at this point other than to begin a conversation with customers and other people who have an interest in this.  As we move along we will be very open and transparent about any future plans that might develop as a result.

Typical corporate lingo. No matter what the consumers say it appears that Time Warner may go along with their plan.

Here’s my plan. If Time Warner wants to charge rates like a utility, than they should be regulated like a utility.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.