H.R. 288: Small Business Broadband Deployment Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jan 11, 2017 (Referred to Senate Committee).

Source: GPO

IIB

115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 288

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

January 11, 2017

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.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Small Business Broadband Deployment Act.

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 January 10, 2017.

Karen L. Haas,

Clerk