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ACA Statement On The Introduction Of The Broadband Internet Fairness Act

PITTSBURGH, June 17, 2009 - "Consumption-based billing plans will give consumers the ultimate control over how much they spend each month for their Internet access. Rep. Massa's bill would have a chilling effect on broadband operators offeringthese types of consumer-friendly options," American Cable Association presidentand CEO Matthew M. Polka said. "During his Senate confirmation Tuesday, FederalCommunications Commission member Robert McDowell noted that Americans today arewatching a staggering 17 billion online videos each month, a use of the Internetthat he said is growing at 16% per month.  With these increases coming, Internet usage payment models will allow broadband providers to better manage their networks by imposing higher costs on the heaviest users who often are theones responsible for slowing speeds for all users on the Internet."

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