NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)- Time Warner Cable Inc.'s (TWC) attempt at metering customers' Internet use ran into a buzz saw in the blogosphere on Tuesday.
The plan, which Time Warner Cable will start testing Thursday in Beaumont, Texas, is aimed at charging users more for heavier volumes and faster service. Given the reigning orthodoxy that the Internet should be free, it's little surprise the digital crowd objects.
Blogs, however, focused their complaints on the essentially financial argument that Time Warner Cable's move is out of step with trends in usage and could end up costing it customers.
Bloggers questioned the size of the pricing tiers, especially in an age when downloading movies from Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) iTunes store or Netflix Inc.'s ( NFLX) unlimited streaming set-top box could easily push consumers past the allotted bandwidth.