By DAN FRANCISSELL, Associated PressAUSTIN (AP) A growing number of U.S. Internet service providers are refusing to sell customers mobile data plans that let them use their phones as a wireless hotspot.
The Federal Communications Commission voted Friday to extend the Open Internet Order for another six months.
The commission voted to extend an order that would extend the period of time in which the Open Technology Fund, a program that allows Internet providers to sell their customers unlimited data plans, is allowed to stay in effect.
The order was enacted in October and was meant to provide certainty to consumers about their Internet provider’s services and to prevent the creation of Internet service monopolies.
It also gave the commission more time to determine whether to extend it, but it did not do so before the presidential election.
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