A new wireless data transfer law that passed Congress last year could also hurt wireless operators.
The Communications Act of 1934 allows for “network neutrality” rules to ensure that all devices connected to the internet use the same frequencies for data transmission.
The FCC has said the law doesn’t apply to wireless devices, but the law allows carriers to charge different rates for different frequencies.
The bill also bans discrimination based on device type.
Under the new rules, the FCC could impose fines of up to $250,000 on wireless carriers if they fail to comply with the rules.
Those fines could be more severe than those currently in place, according to the FCC.
The agency is already facing criticism from wireless carriers over its new rules for mobile internet access.
“The FCC must have the power to set rules for the Internet,” the Wireless Association, which represents the wireless industry, said in a statement on Wednesday.
“The law should apply to all technologies.”
The FCC said that it will release a report on the new wireless rules later this year.
The rules would prohibit discrimination based upon type of device, with the biggest impact on mobile and wireless internet access providers.
Wireless providers argue that the FCC has no authority to regulate such things as wireless devices.