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July 10, 2008 Provided by System Dynamics Inc.

Broadband Library -- Echoes From the New York Times

When a topic is covered in the New York Times, it is seen (in some circles) to be a validation of the idea. With that in mind, we were amused to note several recent articles in the Times which echoed our earlier statements in Broadband Library--a quarterly publication of the Society of Cable Television Engineers (SCTE) where we write a regular column called "Two Sides to Every Story".

On June 14 the Times ran an article titled Lost in E-Mail, Tech Firms Face Self-Made Beast ( ) with the lead "The onslaught of cellphone calls and e-mail and instant messages is fracturing attention spans and hurting productivity." In the Summer 2008 issue of Broadband Library ( ), Sandy observed that "What we hoped would simplify and speed communications has instead taken over more of our time and attention".

The very next day the Times featured an article titled Charging by the Byte to Curb Internet Traffic ( ) noting that Time Warner Cable had started a trial of “Internet metering”. The idea is simple: people who use the network more heavily should pay more, the way they do for water, electricity, or, in many cases, cellphone minutes. Dave had written about the inevitability of some such plan in the Spring 2008 issue of Broadband Library ( ). He noted that customers are doing exactly what the "unlimited use" plans encouraged, and that "MSOs are paying the price" and need to find some way to rein in run-away costs.

You can catch up on more of our past columns by visiting our Broadband Library page ( ). ( )