What you need to know about Fios internet plan changes
The Federal Communications Commission is expected to roll out new internet service plans this month that will include new restrictions on content providers, as well as data caps.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has made no secret of his intent to roll back net neutrality protections and roll back protections for consumers.
The FCC has long been concerned about ISPs taking advantage of their power over the internet to block access to certain websites, but Pai has sought to expand the net neutrality framework to include blocking and throttling of websites.
The new net neutrality rules are expected to go into effect next month.
While some internet providers may be hesitant to open up their services to new competitors, many of the companies that offer internet services will have access to a much wider range of services and services providers like Comcast and Verizon will be allowed to offer even more broadband plans.
The rules also allow internet providers to make changes to the data caps, meaning that if you are connected to a provider with less than 1 gigabit of data per month, you can’t expect that provider to offer you unlimited data.
ISPs are allowed to charge users a fee for data that they don’t have.
Some of the rules are similar to the ones we previously covered.
For example, if a company wants to offer unlimited internet to its customers, they need to pay $5 per gigabyte.
If a company offers 5GB of data for $5 a month, that is still capped at 10GB.
If you are paying $10 a month for a gigabyte of data, you will be able to access that 5GB.
There are also new rules for what content providers can do with the data they get from ISPs.
Currently, ISPs can block websites or apps that they deem to be infringing.
ISPs also have to block websites that don’t comply with certain terms and conditions.
However, the FCC will now be allowed in 2017 to allow providers to block certain sites.
That means, for example, a website that hosts a political news site will be blocked from getting more traffic if the site is hosted by Comcast.
The proposed rules also remove restrictions on data caps that were previously in place.
Under the current regulations, ISPs have to pay a $20 fee per month to allow customers to access the data limits.
Now that the FCC is taking a more liberal approach, those data caps will no longer apply.
As Ars Technica reported earlier this year, some ISPs have been pushing for this change.
In a blog post earlier this month, Comcast’s CTO John Mullin said that Comcast plans to allow unlimited data for everyone, regardless of data usage.
The net neutrality issue, Mullin wrote, has caused a lot of confusion because it has not been clear what the net neutrality rules are.
“The net neutrality rule is about blocking the most objectionable content, but blocking it is not the same thing as making it available for everyone,” Mullin told Ars.
ISPs, he said, “will be able [to] charge users more if they want to access certain content.”
It remains unclear if ISPs will be forced to pay the $20 data fee for their customers.
As we have previously covered, the proposed rules will also make it harder for ISPs to block other websites and apps.
This will allow more providers to offer more services, which will be a good thing.