By Mark J. Z. Allen/The Associated PressThis article originally appeared on Fortune.com.
Read more stories from Fortune:FCC to Release Rules on New ‘Super-Speed’ Internet RulesThat would be the first of a series of rules the Federal Communications Commission will require broadband providers to follow by 2020.
The rules will be published as part of a major update of the federal telecommunications law.
The rules, which were released by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in an email, will ban Internet service providers from blocking, throttling, slowing or otherwise slowing traffic on any website or mobile app.
They also require broadband operators to maintain data caps for Internet users.
The regulations require the providers to do more to support consumers and ensure they have access to the Internet.
For instance, they require providers to offer more online video content, offer more paid services to customers and include a mobile hotspot for their customers.
They require broadband to include a data cap and offer free voice and data plans.
The FCC also wants to provide consumers with the option of paying a fixed monthly fee to the broadband provider.
The commission said it expects the fee to be $10 per month for small businesses and $10 for medium-sized businesses.
The rules also will require companies to provide more information to consumers about their Internet services, including what content is available, the number of data caps and what the cost of the data caps are.
The commission has proposed two rules, one on fixed-line broadband and one on mobile broadband.
The fixed-and-mobile rules will require all broadband providers, as well as mobile carriers, to provide information to customers about the speeds they offer and what data caps they offer.
The mobile rules will also require providers of mobile services to provide users with a link to a map that shows where the data limits apply.
The broadband rules will have a greater impact on Internet service customers because the commission said that, for instance, most of the new services on the market would not exist without the rules.
Internet providers, including Verizon Communications Inc., AT&T Inc. and Comcast Corp., already offer Internet services.
The proposed rules will force those companies to offer a higher speed or provide lower data caps.
The proposal also requires new broadband providers like Verizon and AT<ds.com to provide customers with an option to cancel their contracts or switch to a competitor.
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