US Broadband Providers To Begin Providing New Comparison Labels



US Broadband Providers To Begin Providing New Comparison Labels (reuters.com)






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Major U.S. broadband internet providers must start displaying information similar to nutrition labels on food products to help consumers shop for services starting on April 10, under new rules from the Federal Communications Commission. From a report: Verizon Communications said it will begin providing the labels on Wednesday. The FCC first moved to mandate the labels in 2022. Smaller providers will be required to provide labels starting in October. The rules require broadband providers to display, at the point of sale, labels that show prices, speeds, fees and data allowances for both wireless and wired products.
Verizon Chief Customer Experience Officer Brian Higgins said in an interview the labels will help consumers make “an equal comparison” between product offerings, speeds and fees.

Higgins said standardized labels across the industry “make it easier for customers to do a comparison of which provider is going to be the best fit for their needs.” He said customers will still need to research various bundling offers across carriers. The labels were first unveiled as a voluntary program in 2016. Congress ordered the FCC to mandate them under the 2021 infrastructure law. “Consumers will finally get information they can use to comparison shop, avoid junk fees, and make informed choices about which high-speed internet service is the best fit for their needs and budget,” FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel said.



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