Consumption Based Billing – Time Warner Wants It

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.

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A Landline For Only $5 A Month?

Verizon is considering to offer a landline phone service for only $5 a month. Yes. There are some gotcha’s in the offer. First you could receive incoming calls only. The exception would be to call 911 or Verizon customer service for outgoing calls. But for those in rural areas where cell service is spotty, this could be an alternative to the over priced rates being charged by AT$T.

One thing that is not mentioned in the article is how much taxes would be. We are all familiar with the teaser rates offered only to be hit with taxes upon taxes for access here, access everywhere fees. I like to know the total cost.

What about you? Would you even consider a landline with these limitations?

Comments welcome.

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CurdBee

I’ve been doing freelance work for most of my professional life, and as is the case with almost everything, there are definitely benefits and drawbacks to doing work in this way. Of course, the good must be outweighing the bad because I’m still sticking with it. One of the things that I dislike the most about working for myself is billing clients because your job isn’t done once you send them an invoice. After that you’ll still have to keep track of the invoices and make sure your payments are arriving on time. Many of the invoicing solutions that are available are way too complicated for someone with simple needs like myself, and that’s why I like CurdBee.

By using CurdBee, you’re able to send invoices to your clients, manage the status of the payments, and even accept payments through Google Checkout and PayPal. The invoices can be customized to match your company, and a list of ten international currencies are available for you to choose from when you bill your clients. If you can get past the fact that the Web site doesn’t contain hardly any information then you should be fine.

Linkup Closes Down Online Backup Service

Some 20,000 customers of the backup service known as The Linkup lost all of their stuff when the service recently closed. It appears that the company was having problems maintaining users data coupled with a lot of finger pointing. But what is known is that on August 8, 2008 Linkup was to delete all of the data on their servers. They also stated in a blog post that all user information, i.e. user names, password, billing info. and so forth would also be deleted. But there is one statement I read that raised my eyebrow:

The Linkup is no longer accepting any uploads or new accounts, and no further charges will be made to your credit card. After August 8, your account will not be accessible, all your personal information will be deleted (username, billing information, history, etc), and your files will be deleted. Please download any files that are in your account that you wish to keep before Friday, August 8 at 5:00 pm PDT.

This part of the statement ‘billing information’. This would indicate that The Linkup has credit card or other payment information on their servers. Is deleting the information enough? What happens to the hardware after the company is done with it? Is their anyway to guarantee that these 20,000 people will not have their information available at a later time?

I know, I know. There is the matter of trust. But how trustful would you be of a company that is going out of business?

I know I would feel better if the word ‘destroyed’ was used in lieu of ‘deleted‘.

Comments welcome.

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The Linkup Blog

2ndSite

You don’t have to be an expert to know that there are a lot of things involved in running a business, especially if you’re managing most of it by yourself. The laundry list of tasks in exceedingly long, and your day-to-day schedule is sure to be packed with a wide variety of stuff to accomplish. Some aspects of running your own business can be great, but there’s always that one ingredient that most business owners hate – billing. In a sense, billing is exciting because you know that it means money is coming in, but on the other hand, the repetitive and detailed nature of the beast can really get to you if you let it. Instead of solely relying on offline software to handle the task, you may benefit by looking into online billing with 2ndSite.
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