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Public Knowledge to launch data cap website

September 9, 2011
The consumer advocacy group Public Knowledge doesn't like Internet service providers capping the amount of data customers can use and it's launching a campaign this month to make the issue more visible. 

In a move to raise consumer awareness about what the caps mean, the group is planning to build a micro-site on publicknowledge.org that draws "attention to the actual impact of data-caps by both wired and wireless internet service providers. This site seeks to display, in an interactive and visually pleasing manner how quickly and by what activities consumers will hit their ISP's respective data caps," according to an RFP obtained by Influence Alley

The caps have the potential to massively affect how consumers use, and pay for, data. In July, Comcast shut off the Internet connection of a Seattle man who exceeded the cable giant's 250 GB monthly limit after uploading big chunks of data to the cloud. 

"This Internet rationing is a huge issue and we just want to have something to show people" how much data they're using, said PK spokesman Art Brodsky

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