FCC Boss: You Should Pay for Internet By How Much You Use [POLL]

Chris Taylor

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has some short words for Internet providers that want to charge customers by how much bandwidth we use: Go right ahead.

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"Usage-based pricing would help drive efficiency in the networks," Genachowski told the cable industry's annual confab NCTA, in Boston Tuesday, according to Reuters.

Even if the FCC chief had wanted to shut the Net Neutrality stable door on per-use pricing, the horse appears to have bolted.

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As of last week, Time Warner and Comcast have both introduced limited trial pay-per-use services -- despite the fact that previous trials of monitoring users' bandwidth haven't gone over well.

According to a large number of comments, customers suspected the cable companies were mostly exploring the option as a way to raise prices overall.

What do you think? Is it reasonable to insist that consumers pay by how much bandwidth they use? Or should we all pay a flat fee? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

Should the FCC Let Internet Companies Charge By How Much You Use?

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