Rep. Eshoo Pushes GAO to Study Usage Caps
Concerned About Impact on Consumers, Innovation
Representative Anna Eshoo this week asked the GAO to conduct a study on how usage caps and overages are applied to both wireless and wired networks. Eshoo urged the GAO to collect data on how caps are determined, when they're applied, how they change in response to costs, and also asked the FTC and FCC for a list of complaints related to said pricing. "I'm concerned that usage-based pricing, particularly when applied discriminatorily or at arbitrarily low levels, could discourage the innovation, competition, and consumer choice that have been the hallmark of the Internet's success to date," Eshoo wrote. The FCC has thus far been a bit wishy washy on the subject
, and has failed to notice that usage meters on both wired
networks often aren't accurate.