3-25-2012Public Knowledge Asks FCC to Investigate Data-Capped Broadband PlansPublic Knowledge Asks FCC to Investigate Data-Capped Broadband Plans
Public Knowledge Asks FCC to Investigate Data-Capped Broadband Plans
"Millions of consumers and at least two major publications have now discovered that the new iPads which went on sale come with a hidden cost – the caps on data usage which wireless carriers put on consumers," said Sohn. "It's a ridiculous situation that the carriers sell millions of these devices specifically designed to view video on one hand, while they restrict the usage of their networks for video on the other."
Usage-based pricing could become a bigger consumer issue as more video is delivered via mobile devices and consumed by phone and tablet users. In a speech to a mobile media conference last month, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski cited figures projecting that global sales of tablets will exceed that of PCs by 2015. Smartphone sales have already done so, he added.