– So you want to cut the cord, do you? You’re looking forward to watching your videos online, streaming movies on Netflix or hooking up your Apple TV. You’re so excited about lower monthly bills and not having to pay the cable monster for excess channels you don’t watch.
If it sounds too good to be true…
A New York Times article makes it clear that you will either pay big bucks for cable or you will pay big bucks for broadband. Tiered pricing that charges you based on data consumption is on the way. The business model could stifle cord-cutting and innovation:
The strategy, called usage-based billing, is advantageous for the companies that control the digital pipelines. But it may be detrimental for customers who are watching more and more video on the Web every month, as well as companies like Netflix that distribute it. Some fear that as customers become more aware of how much broadband they’re using each month, they’ll start to use less of it, and in that way, protect traditional forms of entertainment distribution and discourage new Internet services.
When Time Warner proposed tiered pricing in Rochester, Senator Chuck Schumer came to town and won a reprieve for consumers. But times have rapidly changed in just the past few years and the company is implementing the model elsewhere. How long can Rochester be exempt?
As more people cut the TV cord, cable companies will need to make up that revenue. They’ll tie us to the new cord – broadband.
– Rochester’s deputy mayor will have to rent an apartment in the city. He’s running up against the year deadline to comply with the residency requirement as he tries to unload his $499,000 house in Perinton.
– Buffalo’s interim school superintendent – not chosen for the permanent job – realized she can’t go back to being not-the-superintendent.
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