UPDATED 15:36 EST / APRIL 22 2009

Time-Warner Cable Pulls Plans on Highspeed Deployment [Blackmail as a Business]

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According to reports from Stacey Higginbotham at GigaOm, Time-Warner Cable is playing hardball with their customers. As you may recall, there was a great deal of vocalized public outrcy over the prospect of tiered and capped service from the cable provider:

A Time Warner Cable spokesman says the cable company was planning to roll out DOCSIS 3.0 upgrades as part of its consumption-based broadband trials, but it’s now “reevaluating whether or not the trial cities are among those places” scheduled for DOCSIS 3.0 rollouts. As for rolling out next its next-generation cable network, Time Warner has been making vague statements but so far hasn’t laid out any definitive plans.

In other words, TWC is saying “if you don’t want bandwidth our way, it’s the highway, you peons.”

Not only is it disconcerting and infuriating to hear this sort of childish behavior come out of a major corporation, it’s an ultimately destructive end for themselves. Companies like AT&T and Time-Warner maintain their dominance because they maintain the bare minimum of broadband speeds and coverage required to keep their customer bases happy.

With the spread of Verizon’s FiOS and AT&T’s U-Verse service bringing baseline speeds of 30 Mbps to major markets currently, Time-Warner stomping away in a huff is ultimately going to only benefit those competitors. Furthermore, if AT&T and Verizon maintain their stances as anti-metering, it’ll end up being a benefit to the customers as well.


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