Wyden bill would protect Internet users from data cap abuse

The Data Cap Integrity Act would require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to establish standards for how ISPs will measure data and empowers the agency to ensure that data caps are designed to manage network congestion rather than monetize data in ways that undermine online innovation. The measure also ensures that consumers can manage their data consumption and that ISPs cannot, for purposes of measuring data, discriminate against any content.

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Companies such as Comcast charge Internet users depending on how much data they consume while using the Internet. As bandwidth becomes limited with more and more Internet users, companies are forced to cap the amount of data transferred in order to limit congestion. Wyden’s bill would check that companies are truly trying to limit congestion, rather than installing caps to increase demand and price. His bill would also allow people to better monitor their personal data use, so they know if they're being overcharged.

Wyden said S. 3703 would aid business competition and help grow the economy.

“Internet use is central to our lives and to our economy,” Wyden said. “Future innovation will undoubtedly require consumers to use more and more data; data caps should not impede this innovation and the jobs it creates.”