Metering Returns To The Internet
As one major broadband provider prepares to test a pay by usage Internet scheme, we are reminded of the old days of online access.
Names like Prodigy, Delphi, and CompuServe mean little to the modern Internet user. In the dark ages before the Web and http came into being, the online world consisted of lots of text, a necessary familiarity with uuencode/uudecode, and metered access.
The more things change, etc. Time Warner Cable will bring back the past with a plan to charge subscribers based on their usage, according to Reuters. That test begins in Beaumont, Texas.
Time Warner Cable claimed five percent of its subscribers use 50 percent of its bandwidth. with Internet users receives the blame, with the problem worsening when more people seek video content.
However, one industry observer commenting on the Bits Blog thinks the clampdown has more to do with content than the actual, minimal costs of providing extra broadband connectivity: