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The following is attributed to Harold Feld, legal director for Public Knowledge:
"The statement today from Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski that data caps are simply another 'business model innovation' presents a false picture.
"The question is not, as the chairman said, whether there is only one model. The question is, will all the benefits of broadband Chairman Genachowski has articulated in the past ever happen in a world where broadband providers get a free pass on any pricing scheme or restriction if they use the magic words 'bandwidth cap'? If we really want to see students downloading textbooks or watching Harvard lectures online, it would be nice to know if they will ever have the bandwidth capacity to do so.
"We still do not know how the caps are set, how they are evaluated and how they affect consumers. Until the FCC answers those questions that Public Knowledge has asked, it should not be endorsing any pricing scheme that has the potential to drive up costs for consumers as this does. Also unanswered is the question what counts against the cap and what doesn't. Companies should not be able to exempt their content from the cap while counting the same type of content supplied by others."