The FCC is in the process of regulating Internet service providers that are providing data services to cable and phone companies.
It is also weighing a proposal to impose a net neutrality rule that would prevent broadband providers from favoring or discriminating against any website or service.
In a statement to the Wall Street Journal, the FCC said the commission is examining a proposal from the American Cable Association and is considering whether to impose “common carrier” regulation.
It said that “a common carrier rule would apply to all ISPs, whether they’re owned by a private company or by a public utility.”
The FCC said that a common carrier would also “ensure a level playing field in the Internet market for all companies.”
A common carrier’s power to regulate would depend on the nature of the network, but the FCC has said it will apply the same rules to both cable and wireless networks.