114-HR4596 Small Business Broadband Deployment Act
|Title||114-HR4596 Small Business Broadband Deployment Act|
|Sponsor||Rep. Walden, Greg (R-OR-2)|
|Committee(s)||House - Energy and Commerce, Senate - Commerce, Science, and Transportation|
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This bill exempts for five years any small business broadband Internet access service provider with no more than 250,000 subscribers from the enhancements to the transparency rule of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under which any person engaged in the provision of broadband Internet access service must disclose publicly accurate information regarding the network management practices, performance, and commercial terms of its broadband Internet access services sufficient for:
- consumers to make informed choices regarding their use; and
- content, application, service, and device providers to develop, market, and maintain Internet offerings.
The FCC shall report to specified congressional committees, within 180 days after enactment of this Act, its recommendations (together with supporting data) on whether:
- this exception should be made permanent, and
- the definition of "small business" for these purposes should be modified.
114th CONGRESS 2d Session H. R. 4596 IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES March 17, 2016 Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
AN ACT To ensure that small business providers of broadband Internet access service can devote resources to broadband deployment rather than compliance with cumbersome regulatory requirements.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the “Small Business Broadband Deployment Act”.
SEC. 2. EXCEPTION TO ENHANCEMENT TO TRANSPARENCY REQUIREMENTS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES.
(a) In General.—The enhancements to the transparency rule of the Federal Communications Commission under section 8.3 of title 47, Code of Federal Regulations, as described in paragraphs 162 through 184 of the Report and Order on Remand, Declaratory Ruling, and Order of the Federal Communications Commission with regard to protecting and promoting the open Internet (adopted February 26, 2015) (FCC 15–24), shall not apply to any small business.
(b) Sunset.—Subsection (a) shall not have any force or effect after the date that is 5 years after the date of the enactment of this Act.
(c) Report By FCC.—Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Federal Communications Commission shall submit to the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate a report that contains the recommendations of the Commission (and data supporting such recommendations) regarding—
(1) whether the exception provided by subsection (a) should be made permanent; and
(2) whether the definition of the term “small business” for purposes of such exception should be modified from the definition in subsection (d)(2).
(d) Definitions.—In this section:
(1) BROADBAND INTERNET ACCESS SERVICE.—The term “broadband Internet access service” has the meaning given such term in section 8.2 of title 47, Code of Federal Regulations.
(2) SMALL BUSINESS.—The term “small business” means any provider of broadband Internet access service that has not more than 250,000 subscribers.
Passed the House of Representatives March 16, 2016.
Attest: karen l. haas, Clerk