Brazilian Telecommunications Agency preventively prohibits data caps on wired broadband services The Board of Directors of the National Telecommunications Agency, Anatel (Agency), decided on 22 April that internet service providers (ISPs) shall be prohibited from establishing data caps on the access to wired broadband internet services until the Agency is able to thoroughly examine the merits of the issue. The decision comes after some Brazilian ISPs announced plans of offering home internet services with a data cap, similar to the structure historically offered through mobile networks. According to the Agency, ISPs are not allowed to “decrease the speed, suspend services or charge for excess traffic in cases where consumers exceed their data caps, even if such actions are contractually provided for”. Said prohibition is applicable to wired broadband packages. The decision considers that changes to the manner of charging wired broadband internet services, even those provided by law, "need to be done without hurting consumer rights". The Agency has yet to provide an estimate as to when it intends to issue more specific rules in this regard. For more information, please contact Flavia Rebello or Thais Carvalho.