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Comcast criticized for comparing online data to electricity or gasoline

December 11, 2015

While Comcast defends its data cap plan by comparing it to electricity or gasoline, and thus, classifying it as a “consumable resource," Matt Wood, policy director at the advocacy group Free Press, explains “that the network is more like “a pipe” [that] “it’s either being used or not, but [that] the capacity doesn't go up and down.” In this sense, as Wood continues explaining, “Comcast's billing scheme of “the more bits you use, the more you pay,” is comparable to charging TV viewers not on the number of channels they receive but on the number of hours they watch television. To read more please visit