Time Warner Cable is the second-largest cable television provider in the United States (a distant second, behind Comcast). It was formerly owned by Time Warner, the parent company of Warner Bros., New Line Cinema, and cable networks such as HBO, CNN, Cartoon Network, TBS, and TNT. TWC was spun off into a separate company from Time Warner in 2009 (and now merely license the name); it was initially formed from the Time/Warner merger in 1989, fused together from Time's ATC (American Television & Communications), and Warner Cable (which jumpstarted the cable boom in the late 70s with the experimental QUBE service, which ended up spawning MTV, Nickelodeon and The Movie Channel; they were held in a joint venture with American Express, but QUBE got too costly and they had sell the nets to Viacom to make up the lost cash).TWC has recently ignited an internet controversy with a pilot program, tested in select markets, that places a 50 GB (or lower, depending on service tier) monthly cap on internet subscribers' downloads. Strangely enough, this pilot program was never tested in any market where Verizon's FIOS is available. User outrage has led TWC to suspend the program... for now.Also recently, they attempted to merge with Comcast, but the federal government thankfully blocked the deal from occurring. Instead, TWC plans to merge with the smaller provider Charter, which mainly has midwestern holdings, as compared to TWC's coastal areas. So far, it hasn't gone through, so the name will stick around for a bit.