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Bureaucrats tell internet providers to present their services like "nutrition labels"

Published in Blog on July 17, 2017 by Convention Of States Project

If there's one thing a bureaucrat understands, it's how to run an internet service company.

The Hill reports that the FCC has encouraged internet service providers to present their product information like "nutritional labels on food products."

The labels are a way for companies to comply with the agency's net neutrality rules. They list overage, equipment, early termination and administrative fees, as well as data allowances, and broadband speeds.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which helped design the labels, called Internet access the gateway to economic opportunity.  

"Signing up for this service represents a significant financial commitment," CFPB Director Richard Cordray said at the FCC's Broadband Disclosure Event on Monday. "Consumers must be able to understand the terms of the agreement, and if there are options, they need to be able to comparison shop for the best deal."

CFPB said it took a similar approach for student loan and mortgage disclosures, and is considering a standard disclosure for prepaid cards and accounts. 

The Hill's Mario Trujillo has the full story on FCC's announcement here. 

This is the problem with top-down federal administration: bureaucrats at the FCC may or may not have any idea how to operate an internet service company, yet they have the power to impose rules that affect the day-to-day operations of those companies. The rise of the administrative state has to come to an end, and a Convention of States is our best tool to bring that about. Click here for more information.


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