Tiered Broadband Versus Innovation

By Edward Cone  |  Posted Monday, April 13, 2009 17:04 PM

"I think that any of the caps are going to be bad for the companies that implement them over the long run." So writes Ron Culler in response to a this post about bandwidth caps imposed by broadband providers.

I wrote a newspaper column about Time Warner Cable's new tiered pricing plan in the Greensboro (NC) News & Record. Greensboro is one of the markets where the plan will be tested.

From the column: "The cap is a serious issue for Greensboro," says Vint Cerf, a senior executive at Google who is known as the "Father of the Internet" for his pioneering work as a network engineer. "It will inhibit innovation. People will cut back on usage and become afraid to try new applications. It will be a terrible drag on new entrepreneurial services, and that's got to be exactly the wrong thing at a time when we're trying to stimulate the economy."