Will Time Warner’s Proposed Bandwidth Caps Hurt Online Gaming?

image*Time Warner* may have revised its controversial plan to roll out metered broadband access packages (complete with bandwidth caps, via PC Mag), but it’s still moving forward with the trials in two states. The issue of how much more expensive the pay-per-download plan will be remains a hot-button topic for consumer advocates (per Mediapost) and legislators like N.Y. Congressman Eric Massa, but it could also affect gaming companies like *Microsoft*, *Sony* and newcomer OnLive.

Both Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) and Sony (NYSE: SNE) are bulking up their libraries of downloadable content, and OnLive aims to entice gamers with a micro-console that only plays online games — but if metered access plans make downloading games or playing online too expensive, then these emerging business models are shot.

But judging from their responses to MTV Multiplayer about the issue, the three companies don’t seem to be very concerned.

Microsoft is taking a wait-and-see stance, telling Multiplayer: