When I signed that two-year contract for business cable speeds with Time Warner, I thought I was getting a good deal. And, for the most part, I guess it’s been alright. However, there are times (like tonight at 11:12 PM) when the Internet feels like it’s crawling to my door…maybe I’m spoiled, but I’m suspicious…is this part of Time Warner Cable’s ploy to get me to upgrade?
I have to admit to not doing my research at all on this. Maybe, in between complaining about being able to upgrade my phone to an iPhone via AT&T without getting a new two year contract and phone line, eat lunch, and catch up on work, I’ll get a chance to have Time Warner explain what I’m paying for now and what will be changing…I feel terrible that I haven’t kept up with it all.
I’ll try to keep sharing my speed tests from home with you and what I find out in the weeks to come. In the meantime, let’s end this post with some righteous indignation from the comments section of the New York Times blog:
- All of this internet infrastructure should be publicly owned. The idea of paying for education, and access to information in the 21st century is barbaric. All of these cables and lines run over, and through public property, and must be fastidiously avoided, at great additional cost to the taxpayer, anyway, and the internet is becoming critical infrastructure, as it transfers information to control everything from power grids to surveillance systems. The information superhighway must belong to the people- not just the people that can afford it, but all of the people.
- What Time Warner is doing here with the bandwidth caps is to try and force people to buy their extremely overpriced cable TV service. Many people (including me) have dropped or are going to drop cable TV and watch all of their favorite shows online through hulu, netflix, iTunes, youtube, etc. Time Warner doesn’t want that to happen so they are imposing ridiculously low bandwidth caps to make it too expensive to stream video online.
Oh, and yes, this means I can’t watch Hulu or Netflix all that well. Sigh.
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