Saturday, December 22, 2012

US Bill Suggests to Control Data Caps

Few days after the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute report concluded that US ISPs data caps are ".. product of an uncompetitive broadband marketplace where providers use data restrictions to increase revenues and protect legacy services such as cable television from online competition" (here) rather than "..manage growing traffic and maintain quality of service on their networks" a new Data Cap Integrity Act was introduced the US Senate.

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (pictured) proposal (here, below) gives "consumers the tools they need to manage their own data usage, institute industry-wide data measurement accuracy standards for ISPs, and impose disciplines to ensure that ISP data caps are truly designed to manage network congestion .. The Data Cap Integrity Act requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to establish standards by how ISPs will measure data and empowers it to ensure that data caps are designed to manage network congestion rather than monetize data in ways that undermine online innovation. Furthermore, it ensures that consumers are provided tools to manage their data consumption and that ISPs cannot, for purposes of measuring data, discriminate against any content".

See "Wyden Data Cap Legislation Will Protect Consumers and Promote Innovation" - here.

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