The FCC is moving ahead with a rule change that would allow issuers of Verizon Wireless’ (NYSE: VZ) Ticket Issue tickets to collect and charge a fee for customers who purchase them.
This is a significant step toward helping consumers avoid fees and costs that can impact their ability to access the wireless network, which is critical for businesses and the economy.
The FCC is now set to vote on the rule changes on Wednesday, according to the Verge, which first reported the news.
If approved, the rule change would allow for issuers to collect the fee at the time of purchase.
It would also apply to wireless tickets purchased online, and if customers can’t use the service due to a lack of access, a refund would be issued.
Verizon said in a statement that it is working with the FCC on the rules, but declined to comment further.
The agency’s new rules were announced last month, and Verizon is not required to implement them until 2018.
Verizon’s Ticket Issue policy is similar to that of other ticket issuers, like Discover, which charge a flat fee for purchases.
This fee includes a 30-day grace period, and consumers can opt out of the fee if they choose.
For instance, a customer who bought a $500 ticket for $150 could opt out if the $150 fee is not paid.