However, offering to remove data caps for people who purchase TV service probably isn't some maniacal get-rich scheme from Bend Broadband, but rather a way of mitigating some or all of the equally-fucking-stupid costs in running an ISP.
US ISPs get far more out of customers than they pay into their services. Time Warner is comically bad, renting out ten-year-old modems at $10 a month, and doing nothing to update infrastructure. Yeah I'm sure in the boondocks it costs a lot to lay/maintain infrastructure... but I live in a metro city. Not near one, IN one. And the service and prices are abysmal.
And for the record, once the infrastructure is down, there is essentially no cost to the provider in transmitting data. Something on the order of fractions of pennies per GB.
I don't get why everyone thinks they're imposing new caps on people who don't buy TV service.
Because they are trying to make people pay for service they don't want or need in order to get something else they should have to begin with (which is extortion). AT&T now does the same thing, except they also offer a $30 monthly fee to internet-only customers to bypass their cap. It's certainly not as bad as cell phone overage charges, but $10 per 50GB over is nothing to sneeze at when single games can now be that large.
Steam + PSN: PHJF