ST. LOUIS (AP) - Two congressmen are raising concerns about
Charter Communication's plan to track Web site visits by customers
for the purpose and provide the information to an online ad firm.
St. Louis-based Charter sent letters this week to its 2.7
million high-speed Internet customers alerting them to the plan.
The pilot program is scheduled to begin in June in four towns in
Texas, California, Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Democratic Congressman Edward Markey of Massachusetts and
Republican Joe Barton of Texas asked Charter CEO Neil Smit to put
the plan on hold until the lawmakers can speak with Smit about it.
Charter says the plan will not infringe upon users' privacy or
result in more ads, only ads better targeted to the user. Customers
may also opt out.
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