NTCA Joins Small Business Associations Urging Congressional Action on Enhanced Transparency Requirements

For Immediate Release Contact: Laura Withers, 703-351-2087, lwithers@ntca.org

Arlington, Va., (January 3, 2017)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today joined three other associations in urging the 115th Congress to take action to provide relief to small broadband providers from the unnecessary enhanced transparency requirements established by the 2015 Open Internet Order.

In a letter to Senate supporters of the Small Business Broadband Deployment Act introduced during the 114th Congress, NTCA, the Competitive Carriers Association, Wireless Internet Service Providers Association and American Cable Association asked the Senate to again advance legislation relieving small businesses of the burdens associated with the requirements taking effect on January 17.

"Unfortunately, because of unexpected inaction by the Federal Communications Commission, small broadband providers, who make up the majority of our associations, now face the prospect of imminent and irreparable harm from the rules going into effect in less than three weeks," the associations stated. "To prevent this unjust outcome, we ask that you act again, and advance legislation relieving small businesses of these burdens as the 115th Congress convenes."

Full text of the letter is available here.

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