Time Warner Holding Back Super-fast Broadband?

Time Warner Cable's consumption-based billing trials brought along with it testing of the new DOCSIS 3.0 system.

DOCSIS 3.0 promises much improved throughput speeds and Time Warner Cable was set to roll out a 50 Mbps service in conjunction with the upgraded standard.

While details are still sketchy, it seems that the whole speed upgrade and consumption-based billing were tied more closely together than previously let on. Now that the tiered system is being shelved, so too might be the rollout of the newer technology.

Alex Dudly, VP of PR at TWC, posted a response on his Twitter to a question from GigaOM’s Stacey Higginbotham saying that the DOCSIS 3.0 was scheduled as part of consumption-based billing trial, but that consumer backlash has changed the company’s plans.

GigaOM got clarification from TWC, who said it is now “reevaluating whether or not the trial cities are among those places” scheduled for DOCSIS 3.0 rollouts.

The cities originally targeted for TWC’s trials were San Antonio and Austin, Texas; Greensboro, N.C., and Rochester N.Y.

What’s likely to be happening right now is that TWC has gone back to the drawing board on how to re-approach this most delicate situation. Hopefully we’ll get more detailed explanations outside of tweets constrained to no more than 140 characters.

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  • greenskye
    I've never understood the "faster speeds, but less data" approach.

    Old way: You run a marathon on foot but you get to go 26 miles.
    New way: They give you a ferrari but you're only allowed to drive it 100 meters.

    How does that make sense??
  • ColMirage
    Sure glad I don't have to deal with them.
  • gwellin
    Well the good news of holding back on super fast broadband connection is we now wont hit our bandwidth cap within the first 15 minutes each month.
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  • ColMirage
    Sure glad I don't have to deal with them.
  • Blessedman
    No doubt! This has got to be the most backwards company in the communications business i have ever seen. Lets take a page from GM's playbook on how to run a company!!
  • DarkMatterBT
    Well I for one see this as their way to get back at customers for their backlash of their consumption based plans. I say let there current system stand, let them watch there competition upgrade there systems and speeds, and let them see there customer base move to other options. This is nothing more than a corporate hissy fit in progress. Got my vote for one of the worst run companies ever, and thats saying a lot in the current economic situation were all witnessing.