Spectrum now wants to set data caps, charge based on usage
Oct 01, 2020 5:30 am
Marlee Capuano is reporting for The Legislative Gazette state Sen. Jen Metzger is asking the Federal Communications Commission to reject Charter Communications’ request to set data caps and charge its customers based on usage, two conditions of its merger agreement they want to end two years early. Internet and cable provider Charter Communications, also known as Spectrum, merged with Time Warner Cable in 2016 and at that time, affirmed that it would not engage in data capping or usage-based pricing, according to Metzger. Charter stated at the time that avoiding these practices was a key aspect of its business model in the United States. Metzger and other lawmakers are now calling on the FCC to reject Charter’s request, especially as more families are working and attending school from home, requiring near-constant Internet usage. Metzger claims that if the company were to go ahead and raise prices while providing the same services, they would actively be ignoring “the struggles of everyday Americans during this challenging time.” U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi also spoke out against Charter, asking the FCC to reject their request. Read the full story in The Legislative Gazette.