The FCC has approved a proposal that would require internet service providers to complement their broadband plans with easy-to-read nutrition labels, similar to the ones found on cereal boxes and countless other sorts of packaged food.
The idea was originally conceived in 2016 as a way of helping consumers quickly understand the price and performance of a broadband plan, such as prices, promotional rates, internet speeds, and data allowances.
Rules for the label, such as where the information should be displayed and how the FCC should enforce accuracy on the labels, will be determined by November 15, 2022, according to coverage from Axios.
“With these broadband nutrition labels, we can compare service providers and plans, hold broadband providers to their promises and foster more competition, which means better service and better prices,” FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said during the agency’s meeting.
“This is something that is an everyday necessity, and consumers deserve some real, basic information,” Jonathan Schwantes, senior policy counsel for Consumer Reports, told Axios.