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For Immediate Release

Jen Howard, Free Press, (202) 265-1490 x22

Consumers Win Major Victory as Time Warner Cable Scraps Metering Trials


According to news reports, Time Warner Cable will shelve its
excessive Internet penalty fees in all proposed test markets due to
overwhelming opposition from consumers. The company is currently
testing the pricing scheme in Beaumont, Texas, and had planned to
launch trials Rochester, N.Y.; Austin and San Antonio, Texas; and
Greensboro, N.C. More than 15,000 Free Press activists wrote Congress
to protest the unfair price hikes.

Timothy Karr, campaign director of Free Press, issued the following statement:

"We're glad to see Time Warner Cable's price-gouging scheme collapse
in the face of consumer opposition. Let this be a lesson to other
Internet service providers looking to head down a similar path.
Consumers are not going to stand idly by as companies try to squeeze
their use of the Internet. This is a major victory, but the fight for a
fast, open and affordable Internet is far from over."

Read Time Warner Cable's press release:

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