On Wednesday, Comcast announced it would be ending its business-related terms of service with its employees, a move it said would make the Internet giant more accessible and competitive.
While Comcast has long been a proponent of openness, its decision comes as the company has been caught in a legal battle over whether it should be considered a public utility.
“Comcast is no longer a ‘public utility’ and no longer must adhere to a set of public policies or regulations,” Comcast wrote in a blog post announcing the changes, which will take effect in June.
“We will be more transparent and accountable to our customers.
We will continue to work with regulators to ensure our customers have a more open, innovative and productive Internet experience.”
Comcast employees will no longer be required to have the company’s business-centric policies and policies will no more include the phrase “professional,” according to the company.
“This means you’ll no longer have to use the word ‘professional’ to describe your job responsibilities,” Comcast said.
“As part of this transition, Comcast employees can now describe their job responsibilities as ‘Business professional.'”
The company added that its business professional policy will remain unchanged.
Comcast is not alone in its efforts to become more transparent about its business operations, which have been under intense scrutiny over the past few years.
The Federal Trade Commission recently launched a class action lawsuit against Google and Facebook for not disclosing how much they spent lobbying Congress to repeal the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, a law designed to curb financial market abuse and ensure that consumers are not harmed by the financial institutions they choose to use.
The lawsuit also alleges that Comcast has been misleading consumers and customers about the extent of its business practices.
In addition, Comcast has had to defend itself against a lawsuit by two former employees who allege that the company illegally gave them access to customer information they did not request.
Comcast has also faced criticism from the American Civil Liberties Union, which accused the company of using data from its Internet customers without their permission.
Comcast’s actions were also criticized by the FCC, which on Wednesday announced it had launched a new initiative to ensure that companies disclose how they collect and use data from their customers.
“Companies must disclose how and when they use and share your personal information, and should do so in a way that helps ensure that data is used appropriately and securely,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement.
“It is essential that the public is informed of what companies do with that data.”
Comcast’s new policies are the latest in a series of changes that the internet company has made over the last few years that have resulted in it being perceived as a less-than-perfect utility.
In July, Comcast agreed to pay $3.5 billion in a settlement with the Federal Trade Commision to settle a complaint that the ISP illegally collected information from customers’ Internet connections.
Comcast also agreed to stop advertising a separate video ad campaign that was aimed at customers.
The company also announced it will begin offering customers free, unlimited internet access for two years.
And last year, the FCC fined Comcast for failing to make information on its customers more transparent.
Comcast, however, has continued to improve its transparency policies and practices in recent years.
The ISP also has begun to release more detailed data on how it collects the personal information it collects from its customers, including how often it sends emails and how often its servers send email requests.
Comcast said the policy will take “a few months” to take effect.