Time Warner Monthly Data Caps Spread Beyond Texas

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Texas may be great, but it could not contain Time Warner's HD video-killing monthly broadband data caps, which have now spread beyond its borders.

Austin, San Antonio, Rochester, NY, and Greensboro, North Carolina are the next cities to suffer Time Warner's comparatively draconian 40GB caps at the high-end—Comcast's is 250GB, AT&T's is 150GB, and all of them suck.


Every gig you overshoot your cap costs a dollar, meaning an HD movie download from iTunes could end up costing another $5 on top the $20 you're paying for the movie. Just four HD movies (assuming a conservative 5GB per flick) would swallow half of your allowed data for the month. You might wanna lay off the high def YouTube and Hulu too. Oh yes, the squeeze on high def video that doesn't come direct from your cable box is here. Actually, can I just say the internet is dead? OK. The internet is dead. [BusinessWeek - Thanks Joshua!]

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Rex Ramstad

Use phone company DSL

They have no vested interest in restricting movie delivery via the internet, in fact they would like nothing better. Cable advertisement is a lie. DSL is extremely fast.

And reliable.

DSL is categorized as a public utility. Cable is categorized as public entertainment.

Cable makes you use their own ISP because they are allowed to tether it by law.

The ISP does the bandwidth cap.

DSL allows you to pick you own ISP . This will cost a bit extra and give you two bills, one for the DSL line and one for the ISP.

If you pick a well known business ISP in your own town, you might have 2 or 3 server hops to the internet backbone. With a bundled ISP like Cable, it might take 4 or 5 server hops across country to the backbone.

What I mean by all of this is if you pick a cable ISP, there will be bandwidth caps, and a latency, a delay, or an echo if you want to use it with streaming video or voice over