The Roadrunner Won’t Run

Video Killed the Broadband Buffet

Time Warner can’t sustain a huge increase in power users on the current infrastructure; with a buffet model, such an increase would force it to either expand the network or force heavy users out of it altogether. Metered pricing, if it works, would allow them to do both. Depending on the pricing structure, some power users will have to reduce their usage, and in an ideal world money generated by the service would go toward network expansion.


Verizon will be signing up mad gobs of people as FIOS comes to town. Meanwhile Time Warner runs ads touting Roadrunner as being based on fiber and, without naming it, bashing FIOS.

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