By Dan Deacon, Wired editorThe next time you’re shopping for your next Internet service provider, remember this: The next time your ISP calls you up, you’ll get an answer that will be just as wrong as the one that the provider gave you last time you checked.
The next thing you know, you’re in line for a service that’s not up to snuff.
It’s no wonder that more and more people are opting out of their current cable and DSL service, leaving them with only a basic Internet connection.
And that means that there are no options left for those of us who prefer to live a free and open Internet.
But that doesn’t mean that those who don’t want to buy cable and internet service have to go without.
The FCC has been pushing to bring more choices to the market, and that’s one of the reasons why we’ve been hearing more about the FCC’s plan to bring broadband internet to homes.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is working to make it easier for consumers to get affordable Internet, and it’s working on a plan that would allow people to get a high-speed broadband connection without a cable or satellite subscription.
The plan, called the Broadband Competition for Consumers Act, is in the works as part of a package of proposals the FCC is working on to make broadband more affordable.
The first set of rules would make it more difficult for ISPs to charge extra for broadband services, and make it harder for ISPs and content providers to charge different prices to different users.
In other words, it would give consumers more choices when it comes to what they pay for broadband.
The FCC also wants to make sure that broadband service providers don’t charge different rates to different kinds of subscribers, making it harder to make a business model around having higher prices for different kinds or classes of customers.
These rules would help address a big problem for the Internet: that ISPs and broadband providers are often charging different prices for the same content.
A broadband provider can charge $5 per month for a basic service, and $50 per month to subscribers with a high amount of data, like high-capacity fiber or gigabit connections.
But when you add in a bunch of other extra fees that the ISP might charge for services that don’t make it to a subscriber’s bill, like a phone bill or a toll, the price that the customer pays for the service can be much higher.
The Broadband Competitiveness Act would fix that problem.
The rules would prevent ISPs from charging different rates based on whether they’re a content provider, like cable or a satellite provider, or whether they offer a broadband service, like fiber or DSL.
That would make the Internet a lot more competitive, because consumers will be able to see how much money they’re paying for a broadband connection.
The proposals also require ISPs to disclose the cost of their broadband services and the total value of those services, but they don’t require them to reveal exactly how much each service costs.
Instead, the rules specify that providers must give consumers an accurate cost estimate that they can use to compare prices among different types of customers, but that they must not “deny or omit information about the amount of cost for which a particular service is being offered.”
That could mean that if you pay $40 for a standard gigabit Internet service, you could tell your ISP about it, but you won’t be able tell them how much it costs.
That’s because they’ll have to figure out the cost for all the data they’re adding to your data plan.
The commission says that the rules would give ISPs more information about how they charge and what they’re doing to protect consumers from being overcharged.
But it’s unclear how much the FCC plans to actually implement those rules, or how it plans to make them enforceable.