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Congressman has bill ready to give FTC veto on ISP data caps
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Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 18 June 2009 11:53

   New York Representative Eric Massa, responding to his district's outrage at Time Warner's earlier test of usage caps, is now lining up sponsors for his Broadband Internet Fairness Act, which would give the Federal Trade Commission veto power over usage-based pricing plans.

By John Timmer | Last updated June 17, 2009 7:15 PM CT

Congressman Eric Massa represents a district in western New York that's exquisitely sensitive to the current US broadband market. On the phone side, the area, which includes the city of Rochester, is served by Frontier Communications, which shows no indication that it will follow Verizon in offering fiber to the home, while its DSL terms of service suggest that 5GB per month is appropriate usage.

On the cable side of the service duopoly, Time Warner used the area as a test market for its brief flirtation with widespread usage caps. At the time, Massa promised to respond to his constituents' outrage by introducing legislation that would regulate the imposition of usage caps; that bill is now ready. It would treat ISPs like utilities, and put the Federal Trade Commission in the role of Public Utilities Commission, ensuring that the service providers had an economic case for imposing usage-based fees. [Ars Technica...]   [Comments...]


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