In response to widespread protest and the promise of legislation from one freshman House member, Time Warner Cable (TWC) said yesterday that it would postpone indefinitely plans to expand tests of its metered broadband billing system to four additional markets. TWC began trials of a tiered billing system last year in Beaumont, Texas that starts at $15 per month for up to 1 GB of consumption and that would charge an additional $2 for every gigabyte that exceeds the monthly limit. Earlier this month, TWC unveiled plans to expand that trial to Austin, Texas, San Antonio, Texas, Rochester, New York, and Greensboro, North Carolina in preparation for nationwide deployment later this year. TWC also said it would introduce a new plan that offers up to 100 GB of downloads for $75 per month with a $75 cap on overage fees, which, effectively, would enable unlimited monthly downloads for a maximum of $150. Although TWC maintains that a tiered pricing schedule is needed as bandwidth usage is growing by more than 40% per year and because “we have to continue to invest in the network itself,” the explanation failed to satisfy Representative Eric Massa (D-NY), whose congressional district includes the Rochester test market. Complaining that subscribers would pay $150 for the same unlimited service they currently receive for $40 per month, Massa announced that he is drafting legislation that would “prohibit unfair tiered price structures from Internet providers.” TWC CEO Glenn Britt confirmed yesterday “we will not proceed with implementation of additional tests until further consultation with our customers and other interested parties,” as he added: “it is clear from the public response . . . that there is a great deal of misunderstanding about our plans.” Nevertheless, while applauding TWC’s decision, Massa said he would move forward with his proposed legislation.