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Consumers will finally see FCC-mandated ‘nutrition labels’ for most broadband plans

A photo of FCC’s headquarters in Washington, DC
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

It appears that a nearly eight-year-long battle by the FCC to require internet companies to display information on the costs, fees, and speeds of their broadband services is finally over. Starting on Wednesday, all but the smallest ISPs will be required to publish broadband “nutrition labels” on all of their plans, the regulator announced. The FCC’s intention behind the labels is that they’ll allow consumers to more easily comparison shop between plans and avoid any hidden fees.

Below is an example of what the FCC-mandated broadband nutritional label will look like:

Image: FCC

The next time you shop for either a standalone home or fixed internet plan, or a new mobile broadband plan, you should notice such a label….

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