Bowing to mounting public and political pressure, Time Warner Cable Inc. said April 16 it was shelving plans in four markets to charge customers based on how much internet traffic they generate, reports the Associated Press. But tests of metered billing will continue in Beaumont, Texas. Consumers now pay based on their download speeds, but they typically face no limits in how much video or music they consume or how many e-mail messages they send and receive. Under the plan from Time Warner Cable, the nation’s third-largest internet service provider, they would have had to pay extra after three hours of online video viewing, for instance. U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said he spoke with Time Warner Cable’s chief executive, Glenn Britt, about the "overwhelming opposition" to its plans. Later, both released statements of Time Warner Cable’s decision to set aside metered billing. But there are signs that metered billing isn’t quite dead at Time Warner Cable. The company said the Beaumont trial will continue, and it plans to roll out software in all its markets to let customers know how much bandwidth they are consuming…

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