Time Warner Cable ''reevaluating'' DOCSIS 3.0 trials

— 11:59 AM on April 22, 2009

No super-fast broadband for you! Now that a consumer backlash has pushed it to shelve bandwidth quota trials, Time Warner Cable isn't so sure about that 50Mbps DOCSIS 3.0 service it promised to customers in trial cities earlier this month.

GigaOM quotes a TWC spokesman as saying the cable firm is "reevaluating whether or not the trial cities are among those places [scheduled for DOCSIS 3.0 rollouts]." Company Public Relations VP Alex Dudley is more terse in a recent Twitter post, which says, "it was scheduled as part of [consumption-based billing] trial, but we all know how you feel about that."

The DOCSIS 3.0 service was supposed to allow top speeds of 50Mbps for downloads and 5Mbps for uploads, all for $99 a month. TWC never said what monthly usage quota it planned to apply to that service, but it likely would have been 100GB or more—that's what the $75-a-month Road Runner Turbo package was supposed to have.

In related news, DailyTech reports that Time Warner Cable and Embarq are pressuring legislators to outlaw a municipal fiber broadband service in Wilson, North Carolina.

Reportedly, Wilson residents initially approached the two cable firms asking for higher speeds. When the firms refused, the city launched a $28-million program to provide a faster local service: Greenlight, which currently offers a $99.95-a-month package with symmetric 10Mbps Internet, 81 TV channels, and unlimited long distance calls. According to DailyTech, North Carolina lawmakers have already proposed bills to ban the service or cut its funding.

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