Data Cap Broadband Plans Are Cheaper: Survey

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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.

The study also found that broadband plans with contracts are cheaper than those without them.

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."

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