After reading this story, the USA is really lagging behind Europe.
I could easily overcome the 40GB bandwidth in a few days as much as I download. I remember AT&T did this to me back in the dial up days and that was on a 56Kb line lol. I was originally on a unlimited usage plan for around $20 at the time and they said they sent an email out to everyone about the account change. Well, I didn't get an email and got a bill for $400!!! I was like WTF!!! Anyways, at least they took the charges off and AT&T eventually dropped that BS of charging after a certain amount of usage.
Supposedly, Time Warner has a fiber optic network around where I live and if the same goes for other Time Warner area, I would say there is something going on behind the scenes. Either they don't have the infrastructure to handle all the people that subscribe and lying that they do or their fiber optic network is not all its cracked up to be. Their speeds, in my area, are really falling behind the rest of the country. The max plan they offer is 10Mb down and 512Kb up. Compared to most, that is really dismal. The upload is really behind the times and is horrible to say the least. If I wanted to send some photos to a family member, it would take forever to upload on a 512Kb line. Also, they brag about this "speed boost" technology they have. Don't be fooled! There is nothing special about it. All it does is it "boosts" your connection up 6-7Mb for 2 seconds, whooptee do. I really hope people start ditchng Time Warner for other ISP's that don't cap their bandwidth. That's the only way they are going to listen. If I had them, I would drop them like a bad habit and if that meant getting a slightly slower connection with unlimited bandwidth then so be it. At least, it would be unlimited and I could download as much as I wanted.
Thankfully, AT&T has installed fiber optic in my area and offering their Uverse accounts. The speeds are better than what Time Warner has by far, especially the upload speed. The only beef I have with AT&T, is that, depending on your line, your speed could be off the projected speed by 150Kb or more like in my case. Other than that, I am happy with the service.
I tried getting more info, from their website, but it appears that they haven't implemented the tiered accounts yet. I did find a couple of chat rooms where people were saying that they were installing new modems for this purpose though.