FCC to Hold Public Hearings on Broadband Consumer Labels
The Federal Communications Commission will host a series of virtual public hearings as a part of its broadband consumer labels rulemaking proceeding, as required by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The public hearings will be part of the record in response to the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on a requirement that broadband providers display simple-to-understand labels that disclose, at the point of sale, accurate information about prices, introductory rates, data allowances, broadband speeds, and management practices, among other things.
The first hearing will take place March 11, 2022, 1:30 p.m. ET and will stream free to the public at fcc.gov/live. The hearing will also be recorded and archived on the FCC’s website. Event attendees can submit questions in advance of or during the hearing by sending an email to BroadbandLabelsHearing@fcc.gov. The purpose of the first hearing will be to evaluate the effectiveness of the current transparency rule and provide necessary background for the new label requirement, including whether additional disclosure requirements are necessary. More information on the FCC’s broadband information labels is available at fcc.gov/broadbandlabels.