Press Background Briefing on July 25, 1pm ET:
Knee-capping the Internet: How Data Caps Limit Access
With Public Knowledge’s Michael Weinberg
Both wireless and wired Internet providers are adopting data caps, monthly limits on the amount of data you can use over your Internet connection. When an Internet user hits that limit, different network operators engage in different actions, including slowing down data speeds, charging overage fees, and even disconnecting a subscriber.
Whatever the variation of data cap, they all have the same effect—they discourage the use of the Internet and the innovative applications it spawns. Think of the effect data caps have on video news, for example. Video requires significant bandwidth. In a world with data caps, people with low-income who rely mainly on wireless for Internet access may be much less inclined to play news video because of concerns about exceeding their cap.
As part of its Media Policy Reporting and Education Project, The Media Consortium, a national network of over 50 leading independent media outlets, has assembled an in-depth press briefing on data caps, also referred to as “tiered broadband.” This background briefing is designed to help journalists understand what data caps are, how they are being implemented, and the consequences of data caps for consumers of news.
Registration for this briefing is now open at http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=EF58DE838149
Michael Weinberg is the Vice President, Institute for Emerging Innovation at Public Knowledge. He focuses primarily on emerging issues in technology, law, and policy such as data caps, digital copyright, 3D printing, and open source hardware.
The Media Consortium is a national network of leading, progressive independent media. Our members include magazines, web sites, television networks, radio, and film producers. www.themediaconsortium.org Our thanks to the Media Democracy Fund for making this policy briefing and MPREP program possible.
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