In my geographic area of note (The Piedmont Triad of North Carolina), we are stuck with a veritable monopoly for our broadband services, at the mercy of Time Warner Cable’s whims.
They have selected this region as one of four “test markets” for a bandwidth cap system with absurdly low numbers and high prices.
Our pathetically inept local leadership seems unlikely to take action to defend the interests of either the small business community or the general populace here, leaving it up to citizens to either harass them into getting involved or raising enough attention and outcry to finally attract competition to contest TWC.
As has been said elsewhere… “First they came for …, then they came for…, finally they came for …. “. I am not an outright opponent of new internet pricing schemes, but this one is so particularly hare-brained and deceitful (not to mention an act of extortion in an area where they have a recognized monopoly.. I doubt they would try this in even the Charlotte or Raleigh areas, let alone an Atlanta or Los Angeles).