Internet providers who charge customers by how much they use would have to justify their prices to federal regulators under a bill introduced last week.
Freshman Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) filed the bill after some providers tested plans to charge customers more if they download video or otherwise use a lot of bandwidth. The companies argue that the increasing popularity of online video is taxing their ability to provide Internet service and that increased regulation could lead to higher prices for other customers.
The bill, H.R. 2902, would allow the Federal Trade Commission to review whether the pricing plans are fair.
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