News - January 19, 2021

Charter Withdrawal of Data Caps Petition is a Win for Open Internet

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 19, 2021) – Cable giant Charter Communications on Friday officially withdrew its petition seeking to eliminate merger conditions imposed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) when Charter merged with Time Warner Cable. INCOMPAS, the internet and competitive networks association, opposed the petition and led the effort to prevent the large cable giant from instituting data caps and leveraging interconnection fees that raise prices on consumers.

In response, Chip Pickering, CEO of INCOMPAS, released the following statement:

“The withdrawal of the Charter data caps petition is good news for consumers and open internet advocates. Pressure from Congress, consumer groups and small business leaders helped walk back the cable giant, but it’s a clear sign for why we need strong interconnection and open internet policy on the books to prevent these attempts to raise prices and inflate consumers’ bills.”