The Federal Communications Commission said Thursday it will begin requiring internet service providers to disclose who they pay as consumers to deliver their online content.
The order requires “network management company” to provide “full, detailed and unredacted information” about payment practices related to video, voice and broadband services.
The FCC, which is under the control of President Donald Trump, has been under pressure from the tech and media industries for years, particularly after its 2010 net neutrality rules were blocked in court and since Trump was inaugurated.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has said the commission’s net neutrality rules are “a failure.”
Under the new rules, broadband providers will have to disclose fees and charges that they charge Internet providers on a case-by-case basis after being told of them. Fees typically can run from 5 to 50 percent of the price of a broadband connection and are paid in many cases through surcharges or other fees, a spokeswoman for the FCC told Reuters.
Some broadband providers are already under pressure to disclose their customers’ monthly bills, including those of large customers who pay a lot of money for high-speed access. The Wall Street Journal last June reported how Verizon was offering wireless customers a way to break out the cost of their wireless bills on a per app basis, an effort that could help drive more cost-conscious buyers in a time of low or stagnant wireless bills.
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