Broadband plans with data caps are cheaper by up
to 25% than unlimited plans, according to a just-released study from the
Technology Policy Institute.
The institute's supporters include the National
Cable & Telecommunications Association, Comcast, Time Warner Cable,
AT&T and Verizon.
also found that broadband plans with contracts are cheaper than those without
Residential standalone plans with caps average
$164 less per year than comparable unlimited plans, the study concluded, while
bundled "triple play" plans with caps are about $152 less per year.
The study was of residential and business
broadband prices in the U.S. and abroad.
The bottom line of the study: "Policymakers should not immediately
conclude that data caps and other pricing schemes that differ from traditional
unlimited plans are necessarily bad."