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Genachowski Backs Tiered Broadband Pricing

May 22, 2012

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski renewed his support for the practice of charging broadband Internet subscribers for the data they use, the Washington Post reports.

Michael Powell, National Cable and Telecommunications Association chief, and himself a former FCC chairman, asked Genachowski about tiered broadband pricing at the NCTA's Cable Show in Boston.

Genachowski said that "usage-based pricing could be healthy and beneficial" for broadband providers. "There was a point of view a couple years ago that there was only one permissible pricing model for broadband," he said. "I didn't agree."

Last week, Comcast bumped up its data limit for subscribers and announced that tiered pricing was in the offing.

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