Public Policy Discussion with FTC and FCC Commissioners [The Cable Show Blog]
This year's Cable Show featured a lunch session with an FCC and an FTC official – FTC Commissioner Jon Leibowitz and FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn – to discuss a variety of public policy and regulatory issues facing the cable and broadband industries. The panel discussed topics ranging from geolocation data collection to net neutrality and broadband deployment.
The panel also touched on broadband pricing plans when NCTA's James Assey asked Commissioner Leibowitz for his thoughts on tiered pricing plans for broadband that charged higher rates to users who consumed greater amounts of a data.
Leibowitz expressed surprise that more tiered pricing plans had not already worked their way into the market. Leibowitz said that just about every other product on the market was sold based on the volume used by customers. It only makes sense, according to Leibowitz, that broadband would be treated the same.
Leibowitz did go on to state that tiered pricing plans would need to be fully disclosed and explained to consumers so that they fully understood the terms of the plan they were receiving.