Small Business Broadband Deployment Act Will Allow Small ISPs to Focus on Customers Rather Than Regulations


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

Arlington, Va. (January 10, 2017)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today issued the following statement from Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield applauding passage of legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that would exempt small Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from the FCC’s net neutrality enhanced transparency rules for five years.

H.R. 288, sponsored by House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), exempts small ISPs with fewer than 250,000 subscribers from certain disclosure requirements detailing network practices and performance metrics such as packet loss. A temporary exemption from these rules granted to smaller businesses by the FCC is scheduled to expire in one week notwithstanding the clear consensus among policymakers in Congress and at the commission alike to renew it.

“We greatly appreciate Chairman Walden’s leadership on this bill to relieve smaller broadband providers from compliance with the burdensome and costly enhanced transparency requirements,” Bloomfield said. “Advancing this legislation, which received overwhelming bipartisan support in the last Congress as well, will enable smaller ISPs to remain focused on providing high-quality broadband service to their customers rather than dealing with these onerous regulations.”

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