Nothing like profiting from someone else’s misfortune

A story from yesterday at silicon.com entitled Telewest learns from NTL’s broadband brouhaha, tells of NTL rival Telewest learning from NTL’s PR gaff.

“We’ve no plans at this stage to bring in any download limits,” a Telewest spokesman said, adding that it certainly wasn’t something that could be ruled out in the future. “If we were ever to consider such a move, we would try to learn from the customer feedback surrounding NTL, and look at other options.”…
“We certainly won’t just sneak it out on a Friday afternoon,” joked a Telewest insider.

The article also quotes analyst firm Jupiter Research:

According to analyst firm Jupiter Research, such data limits will be the rule, not the exception, by the end of 2003. Jupiter said this week that peer-to-peer file-swapping is already putting a heavy burden on broadband networks, so many ISPs will decide to implement some form of bandwidth restriction.

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