NTCA Praises Reintroduction of Senate Small Business Broadband Deployment Act

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

Arlington, Va. (January 25, 2017)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today praised the reintroduction of legislation in the U.S. Senate that would exempt small Internet Service Providers (ISPs) for five years from the FCC’s net neutrality enhanced transparency rules.

S. 228, The Small Business Broadband Deployment Act of 2017, exempts small ISPs with fewer than 250,000 subscribers from certain disclosure requirements detailing network practices and performance metrics such as packet loss. Similar legislation introduced by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Greg Walden (R–Oregon) passed the House earlier this month. 

“We welcome the reintroduction of this bill and would like to thank Sens. Steve Daines and Joe Manchin for sponsoring it again,” said NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield. “This bill would relieve smaller broadband providers from the burdensome and costly compliance obligations of the enhanced transparency requirements. The legislation will free up time and resources for NTCA members across the country to focus on investing in networks and better serving consumers. We look forward to working with the bill’s sponsors and Senate leadership to advance this legislation.”

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