Former FCC Chairman admits data caps aren’t about preventing network congestion


Last December a report from the Open Technology Institute accused internet service providers of using the threat of network congestion to justify data caps when their real motive was profit — and now the former head of the Federal Communications Commission appears to have admitted as much. Broadcasting & Cable reports that Michael Powell — president of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, and former FCC Chairman — told an audience earlier this week that the threat of network congestion was not a factor when it came to data caps. “That’s wrong,” he reportedly said. “Our principal purpose is how to fairly monetize a high fixed cost.”

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