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Consumption-Based Billing and The Princess Bride

April 16, 2009

One of my favorite movies is The Princess Bride. Remember when the character Vizzini, played by Wallace Shawn, notes the two classic blunders — one of which is never get involved in a land war in Asia and the other, never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line? There’s probably a…

On Testing Consumption-Based Pricing Models

April 15, 2009

So, my friends at Free Press recently announced a petition to gather signatures to call on Congress to “investigate” plans by Time Warner Cable to conduct trials in four U.S. cities to test customer response to “consumption-based” billing for its high-speed Internet access service. Great. Hundreds of billions of dollars have been and continue to…

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Coverage of The Cable Show '09

April 7, 2009

As a wrap-up, here is some of the coverage of the Show. Cable TV May Move Online, an Online HBO Economics of a New Advertising EraInteractive TV with EBIF Understanding the New Field of Television Dispatches from The Cable Show: Online is Our Friend @ Cable Show: Comcast’s Roberts: Online Video ’ Friend, Not Foe’—And…

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Rachel Maddow at The Cable Show '09

April 6, 2009

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow dropped by NBC Universal’s booth at The Cable Show last Thursday (she also participated in Cable Positive’s POP Awards), so it seemed like a good opportunity to drop by and ask her one question.

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Highlights from The Cable Show '09 on C-SPAN

April 3, 2009

C-SPAN will soon air several of the key sessions from The Cable Show that just wrapped up in Washington, D.C. In addition, interviews with several industry leaders were conducted for The Communicators program, a weekly series featuring half-hour interviews with the people who shape our digital future. Saturday, April 4 at 6:30 p.m. ET The…

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Kyle McSlarrow's Keynote Address

April 1, 2009

The Opening General Session has begun and it was kicked off by a keynote from Kyle McSlarrow, NCTA’s President & CEO. He reviewed the progress that cable has made over the last decade and outlined how we’re moving forward. The truth is we really don’t know what the future holds . . . we have…

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Broadband Nation Preview: Part Two

April 1, 2009

Here is the second half of the video tour of Broadband Nation. Part One can be seen here. I visited the exhibit again yesterday afternoon and it was remarkable how much progress had been made just in the previous 24 hours. I believe they’ll be ready to go as of this morning. When you get…