Free Press: Spectacular Victory

Earlier last week, we pointed to the action alert posted by “Free Press.” In a mailing to supporters last Friday, “Free Press” called the decision by Time-Warner Cable to suspend metered pricing trials “a spectacular victory”. See their mailing below, after the jump.

Dampier: Not Over

Phillip Dampier is the force behind He was also the guy standing next to Sen. Schumer when it was announced the metered trials were 86ed. Phillip was nice enough to stop by this site earlier today and share his thoughts in the comments: This is NOT over. I thought it might have been over [...]

Gallaga: Relaunch Unlikely

TWC has suspended the metered Internet trials. I just finished posting my take on the issue. Omar Gallaga has been covering this issue closely for the Austin American-Statesman, and he just posted his take. He’s seeing the glass half full (or better): The company didn’t close the door on the possibility of revisiting this kind [...]

TWC Further Delays Metered Trials

Time-Warner Cable issued a new statement today: Time Warner Cable (NYSE:TWC) today announced it would alter plans to test Consumption Based Billing, shelving the trials while the customer education process continues. The good news is that the metered Internet trials are called off for now. The bad news is that TWC is casting this as [...]

Austin Chronicle: An 11 on the Stupid Scale

An article in today’s Austin Chronicle says that the Time-Warner Cable plan to meter Internet usage is an attack on its very best customers, and “on the stupid scale, this is an 11.” Kevin Brass homes right in on the fact that the TWC metering plan isn’t really about preserving network capacity, but about business [...]

Radio Interview Friday on WNIN

I taped a radio interview Wednesday morning with Justin Williams of Plugged In, a weekly radio show that airs on WNIN radio in Evansville, Indiana. “Plugged In” is a weekly technology show on 88.3 FM WNIN. We discuss technology news and topics with a focus on how they affect our daily lives. I asked Justin [...]

Protests This Weekend

Plans have been announce for simultaneous protests in Rochester, N.Y. and Greensboro, N.C. this Saturday. Those two cities have been selected by Time-Warner Cable for metered bandwidth trials in August. The Greensboro News & Record reports: Time Warner Cable customers will protest the company’s new caps on Internet data use outside the company’s Spring Garden [...]

ACTION ALERT: Sign the Free Press Petition

Free Press is a national, non-partisan organization that advocates for media reform. They have started a petition, and sent out a mass mailing requesting support. You can find the petition at: The mailing is below, after the jump. 12:02pm update: Here’s what’s so cool about this petition. First, it actually gets turned into a [...]

Vint Cerf: Cap Inhibits Innovation

Vint Cerf practically invented the Internet. So when Vint professes on Internet issues, you’d best pay heed. Here’s what he told the Greensboro News & Record when they asked him about the TWC  broadband cap proposal: “The cap is a serious issue for Greensboro,” says Vint Cerf, a senior executive at Google who is known [...]

Higginbotham: $24.59 to Watch “Twilight”

A lot of people have been pointing out the absurdity of the TWC plan by providing concrete examples of how much various activities would cost. I’ve been doing that too. In most cases we’ll take the $1/GB cap overage charge and calculate the costs for watching a movie, playing a game, etc. One possible critique [...]