Which ISPs are capping your broadband, and why?

More than 64 percent of broadband subscribers in the U.S. have a cap on their usage. Are you one of them? This story shows which ISPs are capping your broadband, the structure of those plans and explains why caps are a big business.

Could OnLive be the app that kills bandwidth caps?

Perhaps Netflix has found a friend in its lonely battle against broadband caps, as a U.K. paper is reporting that gamers playing the OnLive service can use up to 20 GB in six hours. Can an outraged gaming community help eliminate broadband caps?

Bandwidth Education: Slippery Slope or Valuable Lesson?

ISPs sometimes send out letters to subscribers whose broadband usage hits a certain threshold to educate them about their usage. But are these messages the beginning of an attempt to turn bandwidth into a precious resource that should be metered or is it a useful service?

Studios Fear Netflix Will Kill Cable VOD

Texas customers of cable TV provider Suddenlink will soon receive their first TiVo DVRs, but one crucial feature will be missing from those devices: Netflix is contractually not allowed to deliver its service to gear deployed by cable companies. The reason? Hollywood wants to protect VOD.

Dispatches from The Cable Show: Online is Our Friend

Though I get a wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing kinda feel from it, different cable and media execs talked up the opportunities of online video at The Cable Show in Washington, D.C., yesterday.
Comcast (s CMCSA) CEO Brian Roberts said that web video could be a friend of the cable industry because it can drive cable’s broadband business and present a new avenue for advertising monetization. Roberts said his company was looking for a way to let consumers watch what they want on the device they want, similar to what it does with its current tiered VOD. Some content is available for free to subscribers, other premium content requires an extra subscription, and some is pay-per-view.
Giving hope that consumers won’t be raked over the coals to pay for access to premium content online, both Time Warner (s TWX) Chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes and Suddenlink Chairman and CEO Jerry Kent said they believe that making content available to subscribers online wouldn’t require additional fees. “Some think we should charge extra; I’m not sure about that,” Kent said. When asked if he expected additional payments to be a requirement to access his company’s TV Everywhere, Bewkes simply said, “No.”
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