Phat vs Heavy: TimeWarner to Fix Pricing to Download Volume
"Phat" is a great word, you can use it in so many fun ways, even little kids can say it (that's actually really cute when it happens). Many fine things are Phat: blunts, cars, clothes, people's backsides. But what comes to your mind when I say heavy?
Company spokesman Alex Dudley said the trial was aimed at improving the network performance goddess don't you just want to barf? when have they ever 'improved' service? by making it more costly for heavy users of large downloads. Dudley said that a small group of super-heavy users of downloads, around 5 percent of the customer base, can account for up to 50 percent of network capacity.
Dudley said he did not know what the pricing tiers would be nor the download limits. He said the heavy users were likely using the network to download large amounts of video, most likely in high definition.
I was just looking at some photos of two people that we talk about here all the time. And I thought, "no, those are too good." But perhaps I was wrong, and they really did suggest what I thought they were suggesting. Time will tell. Either way, "hi res" and "heavy" downloading serve more purposes than just getting instant copies of "The Green Door."
"Heavy" is one of those evil corporate terms and we should squash it now.
To me, their logic is akin to a car manufacturer sending you a bill, after discovering that you drive your car a lot. I suppose in a way they do; most cars I've driven seem to have "built in dealer repair shop insurance," or something. Anyway, they never said to people when we signed up, "it's 99/m but if you go here or want to look at that we're going to charge you more." Now they want to. Will the Olde Pricing structure still be available to consumers in this "test?" I suppose not.
My father likes to say that they'd try to charge us for the air we breath, if they could get away with it. I hope consumers aren't so asleep that they will accept this. After all, teevee is really important to most people. So perhaps some will fight this. Most of what this is about has to do with companies like Netflix offering 'instant movies on your computer' and the cable companies don't want to give up their teevee monopoly. However, there is a less discussed fear of things like I saw today: citizen use of hi-res images in places the SCLM won't go. So there's that angle to scrape on your foil.