Public Knowledge calls on FCC to probe broadband caps

Public Knowledge once again has appealed to the Federal Communications Commission to take a closer look at usage-based mobile data plans, a move that comes just after the release of a new video-optimized, bandwidth-chomping iPad.

Public Knowledge and others have called on the FCC how mobile carriers, as well as cable TV company Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA), can fairly impose data caps at the same time they are releasing more powerful devices and applications that encourage video consumption.

Many service providers have a checkered history with data usage caps. Having first tested them amid great controversy and criticism, several service providers delayed initial introductions of usage caps, but they are rapidly becoming more common, and presumably will be joined by more launches of like-minded, though seemingly less controversial, usage-based billing practices. It would be no surprise if the FCC eventually is forced to respond to ongoing criticism with at least a perfunctory investigation.

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