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BREAKING NEWS: Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY) Condemns Time Warner Internet Cap; Will Take Lead Role in Opposition

Phillip Dampier April 7, 2009 Issues 106 Comments

Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.)

Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.)

[Update: 12:45pm (Wednesday): I have been in touch with Jared Smith, Congressman Massa’s communications director and provided him some pointers and direction with the legislation Rep. Massa is drafting.  I also alerted him to the potential Federal Trade Commission issue involving Time Warner claiming they will also force Earthlink to impose usage caps.  We will now be able to stay in touch back and forth and hopefully make sure our issues are addressed in the forthcoming bill.  I also heard from our reader Ben, who reports from his conversation with Rep. Massa’s office that with public funding of broadband initiatives now one of the hallmarks of the Obama Administration, the public absolutely deserves leverage and far more control over this issue than the top-down “we propose and you accept and like it” approach Time Warner is using.  He is confident the legislation can be passed, particularly because of the timeliness of the issue coinciding with President Obama’s own interests in improving broadband infrastructure.  “Improving” does not mean rationing your access and throwing enormous overage fees on people, unless you are the one cashing the checks.  I think it will also be time to revisit the issue of public/municipal broadband projects.  There was little incentive to provide them in a fair and equitable marketplace, but it’s patently obvious that isn’t going to be the case much longer if caps are forthcoming.]

[Update 10:35am (Wednesday) : While we are still waiting for a copy of the bill, just a note to alert people to the fact his protest has made the news in most of the cities where this usage cap is being introduced, which is nice to see, especially as other cities begin pressuring their own congressional delegation to step up and get involved.  I am still compiling contacts.]

[Update 4:00pm:  I have just learned that Rep. Massa is drafting legislation to prohibit/ban this kind of capping.  I do not yet have any details about the bill’s language, or the legislative approach he is taking.  When I have a copy of the bill, I will be bringing it up here.]

Rep. Eric Massa (D-New York) today announced his opposition to Time Warner’s broadband Internet cap, calling it monopolistic and outrageous.

Massa said he will be taking a lead in Congress to oppose Time Warner’s move to impose limits on customers at a time when access to information is driving our economic recovery.  He accused the company of “stagnating 21st century technology needed to rebuild America.”

“Internet access is as essential to our economy as water is to our survival,” said Congressman Eric Massa. “With limited choices in broadband providers, and virtual monopolies in many market areas, I view this as nothing more than a large corporation making a move to force customers into paying more money. I firmly oppose capping internet usage and I will be taking a leadership role in stopping this outrageous, job killing initiative.”

Massa predicted that cell-phone style pricing of broadband would lead to a steep decline in Internet usage or else middle income families would see outrageous Internet bills.  He also expressed concern about sweeping First Amendment issues that are at stake from the artificial limiting of access to what has become an essential communications tool used by most Americans.

Massa represents New York’s 29th District which extends from the southern tier into the southern suburbs of Rochester.

Contact Rep. Eric Massa:

Washington DC Office
1208 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3161
Fax: (202) 226-6599

Corning District Office
89 W. Market Street
Corning, NY 14830
Phone: (607) 654-7566
Fax: (607) 654-7568

Olean Office
317 North Union Street
Olean, NY 14760

Phone: (716) 372-2090
Fax: (716) 372-2869

Pittsford District Office
1 Grove St
Suite 101
Pittsford, NY 14534
Phone: (585) 218-0040
Fax: (585) 218-0053

Contact Eric Massa by e-mail

[Editor’s Note: Please be sure to thank Congressman Massa for taking a lead on this issue and for being among the first federal officials that has responded positively to our campaign!  We are making a difference, so also applaud yourselves for getting involved and fighting back!]

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Craig
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Craig

WOOT! he is my congresman and i just emailed him to thank him, i will call his office later to drive the point home.

Everyone email your elected officials apparently its working, I want to see all the congressman/woman in the affected areas up here.

John
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John

Hooray! Someone with some amount of political sway is planning on doing something.

We all need to let him know that we’re behind him!

Terry
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Terry

I sent him a thank you email even though he does not directly represent me.

BrionS
Editor

Same here.

Pancakes
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Pancakes

I did too.

Scott Cranfill
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Nice! I live in the city of Rochester, but my office is in Pittsford. I called both his D.C. and Pittsford offices, and am going to e-mail him right away.

GOOD ON YOU, CONGRESSMAN!

Meghan
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Meghan

Finally, some hope! I emailed him a thank you. He’s got my vote next time around, thats for sure.

Brian D'Angelo
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Brian D'Angelo

Awesome, I will be sure to email a thank you. Hopefully other elected officials will get involved. Any word of a response from our NY Senators?

Sunshine1970
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Sunshine1970

I may be in Texas, but I sent him a message of thanks too. I’m hoping that by getting a US Representative involved in this it’ll bring it into the light of the MSM

Elliot
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Elliot

Great news!

I live in the city of Rochester, and I’m encouraging Louise Slaughter to follow suit: http://www.louise.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=506&Itemid=150

For others in the area, contact your own representatives!

http://maffei.house.gov/contact/index.shtml
http://chrislee.house.gov/?sectionid=58&sectiontree=4,58

Terry
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Terry

I emailed Louise Slaughter about this from your link. I encourage others to do so as well.

BrionS
Editor

I’ve already emailed her. She’s always been very good at responding to my letters and emails even if it takes a few weeks.

Andrew Soroka
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Andrew Soroka

Eric Massa is the man!!!! I went on his website and thanked him.

This is Rochester, we are not going to sit by and do nothing!!!!

I already cancelled my service and went to Earthlink, if they implement caps then it is on to Frontier!!!

Jeffrey_Bays
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Jeffrey_Bays

Please explain how you did it. Was there an interruption in service? When I talked with Earthlink today, they told me i had to cancel with TW then call them. They also wanted to schedule an install date. I thought that you just called them up with your modem ID and they would activate it remotely?

Diane
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Diane

I just hope he has the backing and the backbone to actually stop this!

John
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John

I applaud Eric Massa helping on this issue. I too called Time Warner and canceled my Road Runner service and moved over to earthlink, if they are forced into Tiered service and I will move to Frontier for my Internet service. I called Louise Slaughter as well. When I was on the phone with both I mentioned what we NEED, as well as the rest of the country is the restoration of the Federal Net Neutrality law, or even a State Net Neutrality. Net Neutrality restricts any broadband company from imposing terms of service that would hamper any other company… Read more »

Dan
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Dan

Just thought I should share this tidbit. Wish i had recorded the conversation. I called TW to ask about the new plan, and basically give them a piece of my mind. First off, I found it interesting that with no reported outages, the wait time was 20 minutes. Hmm, people with concerns maybe? So, I get a very nice lady, mind you I have always been happy with customer service reps there, but wow, they have been briefed heavy as of late. I was told that none of the hype in the media was substantiated, and as of yesterday, yes… Read more »

DOWN_with_TWC!
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DOWN_with_TWC!

I got the same run around when I called. “We have no plans to place an internet cap on out broadband services, what we are doing this summer is simply collecting data.”

Like you said, its the CS job to deny it but with all the media coverage, and TWC reps being quoted you would think they would acknowledge it.

Sunshine1970
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Sunshine1970

Wow.

I called TWC in Austin today and they confirmed there WILL be metering starting in September. My rep was also very nice, tried to talk it up, but she could tell I wasn’t buying it, and I didn’t get the sense she really believed it was a good idea, but she’s stuck trying to sell it.

Josh Beck
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Josh Beck

Me too,
I called TWC to file an official complaint and the rep also sounded non-committal. The guy was clearly sticking to the company line, but I could tell he didn’t like the script.

DOWN_with_TWC!
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DOWN_with_TWC!

Thats great news! Thank you Eric Massa!!

Rottenchester
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Phil, you should publish the names and numbers of the other Rochester-area Members of Congress and Senators. Louise Slaughter represents the city, Chris Lee has part of the Western suburbs and Dan Maffei has part of the Eastern suburbs. I know that people tire of writing their Congressman and getting nothing out of it, but we’ve got a unique situation in Rochester. Three of the four Representatives, and Senator Gillibrand, are first-termers, and all of them could face a stiff challenge in the next election. Broadband pricing is a good non-partisan, popular issue they could get behind. Here’s a site… Read more »

Christine
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Christine

Emailed Louise Slaughter. /crosses fingers.

Destroy Time Warner Cable
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Destroy Time Warner Cable

When do we expect to have a copy of the bill? I want to forward it to the Austin newspaper.

Uncle Ken
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Uncle Ken

Craig: you the man!! with connections!! Keep those links coming to Phil

Diane
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Diane

I have emailed both Eric Massa and Lousie Slaughter as well as posted this information and breaking news to My Facebook Group and Cause.

Uncle Ken
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Uncle Ken

MR. Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY)
Thank you for your input in the TW cap. A man with vision that knows it will only hurt NY at a time when all of us are hurting. Diane you are a strong person and I commend you also. Ken

Uncle Ken
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Uncle Ken

I am coming up with a letter for both Mr. Eric Massa and Miss Lousie Slaughter thanking them for their concern in this matter. Both are VERY powerful members of our government. Both care about their people. They got my vote without a second thought and 2010 is coming up soon. It is a very good thing when the people you vote in actually care what those voters think. I can’t say enough.

Michael
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Michael

Don’t forget to tell your congressman to support Rep Eric Massa. Find your congressman here: https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml Here is what I sent: Please support Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY)in his bid to end ISPs from capping customer bandwidth usage. Cable company ISPs have begun capping bandwidth usage not because of inherent issues with delivering the bandwidth, but because they wish to abuse their monopoly of high speed interne access while protecting their cable television business operations (by restricting video streaming via the internet). Delivering video via the internet provides value to your constituents and moves us closer to a world where little… Read more »

James D. Legan
Member

I have already emailed Eric Massa applauding his stance and included my communications with TW on the subject for his review.

Thank you Congressman Massa.

Ally
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Ally

I think it’s great and we should take every step possible to stop Time Warner from doing this. However, I think in order to preserve our options there must be legislation to bring in other providers such as Verizon, Comcast, etc. We Rochesterians have two choices when it comes to high speed internet that is not enough.

Danny Gibas
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Danny Gibas

I have emailed but Massa and Slaughter, I will be calling their offices in the morning to reinforce my position on this.

This is good news!

Niccolo
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Niccolo

I’ve read a few things about people cutting their service. Don’t cut your service yet. Wait for the opportune moment. Maintain your service through the summer. Wait for Time Warner to implement their fees. Then, after your get your first bill, cancel the service.

Remember, Time Warner is “testing” this concept with a pilot program in Rochester and other cities. If you walk away too early, your “vote” will not be associated with the change in service, and will have no bearing on the pilot results.

Jeffrey_Bays
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Jeffrey_Bays

How can they even call it a test. It would be like saying that testing drugs on pigs is the same as testing on humans. Test this in a market with competition. What do you think their data will say? At the end of the test, those that remained were happy with their service. One couple even saved $10 a month. Of the remaining, 86% did not see a rise in their bill. Those that did, only saw $19 increase. The first month, of the remaining 100 customers, we raked in $266 less the $5 from that one couple. That’s… Read more »

B for Bandwidth
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B for Bandwidth

While I am very pleased to see Eric Massa getting involved it is also possible that government legislation has made this Time Warner stranglehold on the cable lines possible. From what I understand it is not unheard of that cities will allow one and only one company exclusive access to handle something like cable infrastructure. I am not saying this is the case in Rochetser but the fact that we only have one option merits further investigation. I am not sure how one would go about investigating this, but if anyone has info please pass it along. I would love… Read more »

Jeffrey_Bays
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Jeffrey_Bays

Simple. Deregulate it. It may not save people money, but they already deregulated electricity and phones. There is no reason so say that the cable in the ground really belongs to one company. The amount of money paid in taxes over the years to the government really makes it the governments.

waldo06
Guest

WONDERFUL!! We need more of our congress to step into this argument! TIME WARNER Is trying to FORCE all of it’s competitors out of business by making access to their services too expensive. Forcing all of us to go back to low quality, expensive, cable.

It would be the same thing if Mcdonalds owned All the main streets, and there were $5 toll gates to the entrances to any burger kings, Sonics, Arbys or Wendys.

DOWN WITH THE MONOPOLY!!

Kris
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Kris

It’s about time a public figure took an opposing stance on this issue. Everyone should contact their local congressman about this issue. I contacted Chris Lee, let’s hope he will be opposed to TW’s metering system too.

Spcwright
Member

EVERYONE SAVE YOUR BOTTLE CAPS AND MAIL THEM TO YOUR LOCAL TIME WARNER OFFICE ASAP!!!

slayerboy
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slayerboy

This is not the answer. Government needs to stay out of this. While I applaud the congressman for doing this, it’s not necessary. More laws and regulations lead to shady business becoming even more shady.

vcheng
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vcheng

I have set up a meeting in Mr. Massa’s local office for this afternoon and will see what I can do to help him support proper legislation covering this issue.

Diane
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Diane

VCheng,
Let me know what I can do to help!

toggz
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toggz

In Iceland all ISP have a 40GB download cap on foreign traffic. I wish we had politicians that stood up for our rights and not only their own asses.

John
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John

Slayerboy, Government is the answer. Up until a few years ago we were all protected by the Net Neutrality law. This legislation protected all broadband subscribers and the bandwidth they paid for. Broadband providers would not have been able to dice up your bandwidth, and or meter it, and or regulate which services you might wish to use with that bandwidth. If I want to use a VOIP service under the new tiered service I will be forced to use Time Warners VOIP service instead of a competitor (Vonage) even though I would be using the same amount of Bandwidth.… Read more »

Jeffrey_Bays
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Jeffrey_Bays

I called this morning and switched to Earthlink. When I told the rep my reason for moving was to stop paying time warner and that I preferred to give my money to another company. She then informed me that the media was wrong. They would not be capping my service, rather I would only have to choose a plan in the summer. (I really don’t think that the rep’s even understand what is going on) I had to politely cut her off and explain that in one day, I used 14 gigs. They then informed me that if I decide… Read more »

PL
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PL

Net Neutrality has never been a law, so we were never protected by it. Originally, Net Neutrality was intended to prevent companies like TW (actually, it started with SBC) from charging you more to visit certain sites, but it has since morphed to mean all kinds of things to many different people, including banning throttling and preventing things like QOS and packet shaping to ensure you get usable VOIP or low latency for online gaming while other people are saturating the pipe with large data transfers that don’t care about the latency. The danger with asking the government to intervene… Read more »

Terry
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Terry

I have not seen one news report on this announcement yet on 8, 10, 13 or 31’s new programs. I also have not seen anything on the D&C website or in their printed newspaper. I won’t bother looking at R-News, for obvious reasons. Why would TW’s own news agency report a negative in their view?

Perhaps I’ve missed coverage, but as of yet I’ve seen nothing. More people should be talking about this. I’ve alerted all my friends that weren’t already aware.

vcheng
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vcheng

I have emailed 13WHAM news about this yesterday. Please email Rachel Barnhart at the following address with your comments as she may do a story if enough people email her:

[email protected]

Gregory
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Gregory

I’m a TWC customer and I am in favor of the cap. Customers who oppose it are reacting emotionally and not with their heads. Much of the bandwidth is used by very few of the customers, slowing the network for everyone. “Pay for whatever you take or use” is market tested and time honored and a very fair way to hold everyone accountable to their actions. “Eat all you want” just drives the prices up for everyone to underwrite the selfish few. If TWC loses this ability to control and price their own services, the fallout will be a slower… Read more »

vcheng
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vcheng

You are entitled to your opinion of course.

However, the rest of the world is poised to pass us by with the speed and availability and affordability of their internet services.

Not catching up will hamper our ability to keep our technological edge.

I think it is you who is not looking at the wider picture.

Tung
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Tung

All you are being in favor of is supporting a company investing in charging the customer rather then improving their product. If there are users going over, or a large amount of users going over 40GB then the answer is not to hinder them, but to develop a product to meet their needs to keep them as customers and build a stronger customer base. TW would not be implementing this unless it was a number of people going over 40 GB, to throttle them down, and get more money from the market. I believe offering super tier for speed was… Read more »

Christine
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Christine

“Bandwidth hogs” are a myth. It’s made up from Time Warner, and you’re buying it hook, line, and sucker. There is a large deaf population living in Rochester. They require use of cap-free internet, yet in your opinion, and Time Warner’s opinion, they would be “bandwidth hogs.” Are you okay with ads, pop-ups, or a virus sucking away your bandwidth? Even if you’re on the lowest-tier plan, you’d go over. Download NetMeter to check your current use, Gregory. The results may surprise you. And then compare your records of it to what Time Warner rolls out when you’re dealing with… Read more »

Gregory
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Gregory

Perhaps you believe “paying as you go and for what you take” is unfair. I do not. In my view it is hard to imagine a more just system. Bandwidth is like any other quantifiable resource, Christine, it is not unlimited and and will be subject to similar influences and constraints in the marketplace just like gasoline, food, clothing, you name it. “Requiring” a cableco to provide limitless services as an all you can eat buffet is a one way trip to higher and higher cost for EVERYONE, NOT just those who are the top tier users. Home business (… Read more »

Diane
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Diane

Gregory,

I hope you subscribe to Time Warner Business Class and NOT just residential to run your business or you are just a part of the problem?

Gregory
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Gregory

I do, Diane. We don’t use a lot of bandwidth here but I made clear to the TimeWarner rep of our intended business use at the time we signed up. I cannot think of one compelling reason why the GrandMom’s and GrandDad’s of America should be underwriting video, P2P, online gaming, etc, movie downloads. Let the users pay for their use. Otherwise, we should all pay a monthly flat rate for gasoline, or for electricity and just use all we want. I can imagine how well THAT would work out. 🙂

CableGuy
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CableGuy

Being a GrandMother or GrandFather does not mean you deserve to a lower rate than anyone else. Please, take your class warfare somewhere else. Pay-as-you-go is fine, if it follows the electricity model, with a hookup charge and a usage charge, so long as the hookup charge is based on “cost”, and the usage charge is linear or with quantity discounts, not a punitive, inverted rate scale as proposed. Show that it saves money for the entire user base, instead of increasing profits and creating new scapegoats. Many cable internet providers enjoy a total monopoly in their service area, or… Read more »

Gregory
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Gregory

Grandparent status isn’t the point, CableGuy, and I suspect you know that. If you use a lower rate of service then it DOES mean you deserve a lower rate of cost, commensurate with the use. This has nothing to do with class warfare.

Tell you what. Skip the cap entirely. The meter comes on when you are online and turns off when you sign off. Simple, perfect one-to-one correspondence of taking and paying. Wanna keep your bill down? “Turns the lights off when you leave the room.” I’d vote for that today.

Craig
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Craig

Bandwidth amount is worlds apart from food/water/clothing. Cable’s physical plant has been in the ground for years; even hybrid fiber-coax systems have been widely deployed for some time. Internet access simply runs across the existing network, and one of cable’s big advantages over DSL is that speeds can be upgraded cheaply by swapping in new DOCSIS headend gear, with DOCSIS 3.0 the current standard. Compared to what Verizon is doing with fiber and AT&T with its quasi-fiber U-Verse, cable Internet is a bargain But Time Warner’s low caps make it hard to believe that this is all about infrastructure costs.… Read more »

Craig
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Craig

oh sweet merciful god, please ignore the “Internet bandwidth is not like that at all.” in the 3rd paragraph i got ahead of myself

Gregory
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Gregory

“The marginal cost of providing Internet bandwidth is zero, so the marginal cost to customers should also be zero. ”

Gee Craig, I charge as much as I can get regardless of the cost of production. That’s how good business is done. I certainly wouldn’t want YOU as a business partner. lol

Craig
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Craig

And I would not want you near any networking equipment I guess we are even

Craig
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Craig

It would have been nice that after i completely destroy your original argument for being against bandwidth caps you would concede the point and take it like a gentlemen instead of you deflect your lack of knowledge about how the internet works by making it seem like I could care at all about your business

Craig
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Craig

*For bandwidth caps not against *

heh I apologize about the reply s its been a long day, maybe we could get an edit button.

Craig
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Craig

Gregory I completely disagree with you in every possible way. Markets in regions with no competition are hardly ever fair, and monopolies even less so, what incentive do they have to upgrade if they are the only choice? Why can other companies offer uncapped bandwidth while time warner feels that they cant? Time Warner already has the ability to throttle back bandwidth on high volume users, not that i think 40GB users are selfish they are merely using what they pay for if you start using 300-400G then that’s a bit much but I could care less what others do.… Read more »

Diane
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Diane

Let us see just how in favor of the cap you are when you go over your limit and are charged a dollar for every gig you go over! You Cannot Control unwanted ads, commercials attached to webpages, hackers, bots or anything else that decides to start pinging away at your little blinking data light! How many of you “lite” internet users actaully know how much bandwidth you are taking up? You are a bandwidth HOG when you do your Windows Updates and Security Patches and I bet you didn’t even know it! I suppose you believe that our Deaf… Read more »

Aaron
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Aaron

The only reason this bill is being passed is so Time Warner can avoid the 100’s of millions of $’s it would require to actually upgrade it’s broadband network to actually make it FASTER. This is basically they trying to create a stop gap measure to extend the life of their aging monopolized networks across America. This is also their attempt to stop people from dropping their TV service and getting their television fix online through sites like Hulu and movies through services like Netflix. While your comments make sense for my grandmother who only visits CNN.com and checks her… Read more »

Andy
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Andy

I have no problems with TWC imposing a cap like Gregory states. I will just hop on the unsecured home users wireless or use the free wireless at local establishments and let them pay for it. I’d rather pay $2.35 for a cup of coffee at P***** Bread and sit there while I download 3 GB of data, then have to pay TWC. There will be mis-use gone rampant if there is a cap.

Craig Wood
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Craig Wood

Contacted both Massa’s office, and my rep out in California’s office (McKeon). Hopefully anti-competitive practices like caps on this critical utility can be thwarted one way or another.

George Stone
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George Stone

what we need is some sort of petition online. Perhaps if this goes through and everyone jumps ship to DSL they may learn from the mistake at hand.
I give enough money to Time warner. As long as there is no real cable company in the area to compete they will continue to reach in our pockets.

Time Warner…SHAME ON YOU!

Terry
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Terry

There is one. Over 1300 signatures in 3 days.

http://www.petitiononline.com/twcfedup/petition.html

vcheng
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vcheng

I have just comeback from Mr. Massa’s office.

I can tell you that he is very interested in and motivated about this issue, and assured me that he is and will be doing everything possible to help stop this plan.

I believe his exact words were “Ain’t gonna happen!”.

Please convey your opinions to your own congressperson so that Mr. Massa can find more support amongst his colleagues in the House to enable easier passage of legislation that will put an end to internet metering plans once and for all.

atom
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atom

Well, who didn’t see this coming? It sounds good and if Time Warner won’t listen to their customers, then I guess it’s better than nothing. But if you look at our current situation (economically speaking) I’d say government involvement is the beginning of the end. I have to admit, when I first saw this post, I was pretty stoked. I thought the same thing that most people did: “Finally, we have some ‘real’ support!” But then I got to thinking (oops!): I’d love to think that Eric Massa (and every other politician who is looking to get re-elected-which would be….uh…all… Read more »

grant
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grant

I think I agree with atom. I’m not sure that having the government intervene is the right step. Its a bit of a slippery slope to tell any business what they can and can’t charge. TW is obviously making a play for money. And we should not stand for it. I’m not sure that they are acting illegally, however. The real culprit here is Frontier. If they hadn’t all but implemented their own cap, and if they offered any competition, we might not be in this mess. Their impotence in the market, made us a target. There is an arguement… Read more »

Danny Gibas
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Danny Gibas

I called his Pittsford office today. They were delighted to have the positive support. I strongly recommend calling, it only takes a moment and it hold more water than an email.

Matt G
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Matt G

atleast your ISP doesnt lie to you like charter communications… they claim they know nothing of the project, even though the CEO has already officially released the cap sizes… and even corporate office is lieing for these POS. So as it goes, they will again try to make a move on us, and we will, once again, explode…

Magmar
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Magmar

I can’t tell you how grateful I am to see someone in congress actually ‘get’ this issue. Time Warners policies are outright dangerous, and stand to cripple our development if many other companies adopt the same policy. Emerging digital distribution markets for movies and other media will be kneecapped as people will be biting their nails and trying to pinch and save their bandwidth. One of the real problems with companies like TW is that they’re sitting fat and lazy on local monopolies and see this as a shot at milking the customer for more cash for less service. Look… Read more »

Anony
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Anony

Two other companies have had this cap before TWC. ATT and Comcast.

Magman9087
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Magman9087

How come no one mentions P2P and the other sharing rip-offs that hog the internet bandwidth all the time. That is the real reason they are trying to do this. I would rather see them penalize and ban the idiot P2P people forever.

Craig
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Craig

Rockman

Yes the p2p users do use bandwidth, but as I have stated before this is not about bandwidth hogs or some imaginary bandwidth shortage. This is about TWC trying to rip off their customers that have no where else to go. I could sit on with a bittorrent running all day and i bet you couldn’t even tell.

Anony
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Anony

Actually they can tell. There is an amazing about of info that gets logged on your usage.

Take if from a cable tech rep.

Anony
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Anony

Not that Im a fan of these. In fact I hope they dont get capped. But I want to know.. Where were you people when ATT and Comcast did this Long time ago????

So you dont give a flying flip when its other people. But when it affects you, then theres a prob??

Mazakman
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Mazakman

Unfair. We are not served by ATT or Comcast in the Rochester, NY area. This site was started by Phil in response to a threat from Frontier last year to impose a 5 GB a month cap on their local subscribers and now Phil has been busting his ass over the past week or so to bring us all up to date on the proposed caps that TW wants to place on not only us in this fair city, but also in two other cities . Please look into the history of this website. WE ( us people ) are… Read more »

Wes S
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Wes S

Anony,

Much like Mazakman, I find your comment to be unfair. Most of us (like the majority of the country now) were unware of ATT and Comcast’s caps. However, with the creation of this website, we are all dedicated to stopping caps anywhere. If for some reason Time Warner dropped the cap idea in Rochester, I would like to think that many of us Rochester supporters of the site, would continue to fight for the cause for any other city Time Warner did not remove (or decided to enstate) the cap for.

Craig Wood
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Craig Wood

Clearly I only care about my self interest, being from California and all.

Oh, wait.

Gregory
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Gregory

Caps are a government acknowledged way to gather control over a domain once rich in promise and now rife with fraud and hacking and an unprecedented digital theft that accounts for (in many studies) over half the traffic. Theft. Half the traffic. Because government trusted in the public. Why should the infrastructure be enhanced to accommodate this? It won’t be. If people realize accountability is a valid part of our collective online experience and crime subsides to acceptable rates, the traffic would fall back to legal activity, then build as new legal features roll out and the caps could go… Read more »

Terry
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Terry

I just sent this to all three Assembly Reps for my zip code. I trie dto use the web form to also contact my 2 NY Senate Reps, but the both had errors. If the Federal Gov’t can get involved the State can too. Good Evening to Each of You, There is a growing anger with Time Warner and it’s planned capping of internet bandwidth usage and associated billing. You may have heard about it already. Please look into this issue. I am confident you will find it’s bad for consumers and bad for NY. A good starting point to… Read more »

ralfvin
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ralfvin

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_Warner_Cable edited with links to:

# April 7, 2009 – US Congressman Eric Massa, NY (D) calls on Time Warner to eliminate Broadband Internet Cap. [2]

# Stop the Cap [3]

Scott Spencer
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Scott Spencer

Finally! Someone who has some balls to fight the damn Time Warner capping bullshit! Give them hell Massa! If this cap goes into affect, you will see a ton of people canceling their Time Warner and going with Verizon (which yes has a cap but is much higher) or saying the hell with Internet all together and then watching the companies hang themselves with their own ties. Personally, I’d like to line up all of the idiots who think this capping of the Internet is a good idea (the phone and cable companies, not users) and say ok, then let… Read more »

Mike
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Mike

In my opinion CAPS should be decleared illegal because the architecture of the internet does not permit a customer to determine how much data will be downloaded when they access a webpage and whether or not the website will link them to another website downloading advertising thereby adding additional bytes of data to the download. Furthermore one’s computer or computers, applications or update programs, will generate usage without the customers ability to know how many bytes of data have been downloaded. Basically customers are being charged for usage without being provided with a means for determining the amount of usage… Read more »

DOWN_with_TWC!
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DOWN_with_TWC!

Mike, some very good points. Also with the number of wireless home networks on the rise “stealing” bandwidth is also an issue. For example where I live I can see 4 home wireless networks and 3 of the 4 are not password protected. So if we assume one family only uses there internet for e-mail and the occasional web browsing and signs up for a lower tier but since there wireless network isn’t protected and someone starts “stealing” there bandwidth before you know that person’s up to the $75 over the cap mark without even knowing. Bottom line: ITS A… Read more »

Gregory
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Gregory

It’s a fine idea. It will reduce illegal P2P, protect rights holders, hold people more accountable to their online choices and generate revenue for the TWC shareholders, drive local competition to bring prices down all the while reducing network congestion and speeding things up quite a bit for everyone. And wireless will become like a privately held handgun, (locked) password protected or the owner held accountable for its use. This is not brain surgery people. This is the future. We thought clean water should be free forever, too. We pay for that on a meter, too. There is nothing wrong… Read more »

Craig
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Craig

Your view of the future will only result in less internet content, no digital distribution, no more advances in the telecommunication sector etc etc. Whos going to want to view content on the internet when it is going to cost them more money? This is not brain surgery Gregory, bandwidth is cheap thats a fact you can argue till your blue in the face but your still wrong. Cost of TWC to due upgrades and maintenance went down 12% from last year. Water as I have pointed out to you in previous post is not the same as bandwidth. Users… Read more »

DOWN_with_TWC!
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DOWN_with_TWC!

Gregory you could not be more wrong on some of your points. First of all not all P2P is illegal as Phil stated. I download patches to video games via P2P because I get a faster download speed than some of the free file hosting sites. Secondly I live in a very RIT populated, as well as a very family orientated area where Road Runner is the only source of broadband internet and I have never experienced slowdowns or service problems. I’m going to go out on a limb and say you have some association with TWC or have a… Read more »

Josh Beck
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Josh Beck

1.) It’s “perfectly fair” when the market is competitive and the company attempting to impose a pricing scheme doesn’t have monopoly status. 2.) Bandwidth use and water use have very little in common. They share some basic superficial qualities. By and large, the comparison doesn’t work. 3.) If Time Warner were putting these caps in place to hold users accountable for usage based on the fact they don’t have proper infrastructure, which is the argument they are making, that could also deemed “perfectly fair” on the part of the company. However, this move is about protecting media interests. Companies like… Read more »

Tony Cord
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Tony Cord

Time to contact my own representatives I think…

Steve T
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Steve T

Kudo to Congressman Massa for his stand on bandwidth caps!

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