My email to the County Executive

Hello!
I am strongly opposed to Time Warner’s proposed Internet caps, and actively working to spread the word about why this is bad for our economy. Eric Massa has my full support, and I will also be sending information to him and the media. There are several claims made by TWC that are false, misleading and a blatant lie. Their own SEC filings show that the claims as to why this is “necessary” are lies. The consumer MUST be educated to make a wise decision.

Usage caps are not the answer, and only shows that Time Warner is trying to drive out competition from Vonage, T-Mobile @ Home, Phone Power, Broadvoice, etc on the phone side, and Netflix, Hulu, NBC, youtube, ustream, AppleTV, iTunes, etc on the video side of things. Cable broadcasting is outdated, and this approach instead of helping, is simply holding back progress and stifling innovation of IP based solutions of the future. Furthermore, people that work from home over a VPN so they don’t have to hire a babysitter (which would completely negate the income from working) will be hurt, since they likely cannot afford $150/month for residential Internet access.

Comparing these prices to the rest of the country, even Buffalo & Syracuse, it’s evident this this is price gouging. FiOS, Comcast, AT&T, etc all offer much higher speeds than we have now at similar prices to the 10Mbps options.

They don’t need to line their pockets… especially not from people who are already hurting in this economy. Please discourage and/or find a way to prevent them from implementing this horrible plan.

Best Regards,
Steve

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