Moving from a flat fee to consumption-based billing will likely allow consumers who use the Internet for just e-mail and basic searches to pay less, he said. The service may affect companies like Netflix Inc. (NFLX) that require consumers to use large amounts of bandwith to stream video online. Heavy users of Netflix may find themselves paying more.
If/when cable starts metering broadband service, i’m guessing there will be more cord cutting and cord trimming for cable television. The internet is far more important than bundled, pay tv video service to those nasty old set top boxes.
Time Warner Cable Considers Usage-Based Internet Billing – Bloomberg