May 4, 2012

Are There Legitimate Reasons Why Data Caps Exist?

Eli Dourado

Former Senior Research Fellow

Since data caps are often associated with restrictions, most people immediately scowl when they hear any reference to them. Several public interest groups, including Public Knowledge and Free Press, have even called on Congress and the FCC to investigate them. These groups believe they threaten the open Internet and that they are harmful to online video services.

Eli Dourado, a research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, has a different perspective though. As he explained to WebProNews, data caps from Internet service providers and mobile carriers are in place for legitimate reasons.