Time Warner Cable Drops Bandwidth Cap PlansS

Internet service provider Time Warner Cable has backed away from plans to offer tiered pricing on broadband internet, based on public response to bandwidth caps being tested in four of the company's markets.

The Associated Press reports that Time Warner Cable has shelved plans to test a tiered pricing structure based on consumption in three of those markets, but will continue to test in Beaumont, Texas. Time Warner announced its plans following a conversation between New York senator Chuck Schumer and cable exec Glenn Britt about "overwhelming opposition" to the change.

Britt says the response was a "misunderstanding" about the cable operator's plans.

That change of corporate heart comes just days after TWC altered its tested pricing schemes. The company says it plans to roll out software to customers to let them know how much bandwidth they're using.

Time Warner Cable shelves some Internet cap plans [AP]