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H.R. 1860: No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 25, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1860

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 25, 2019

(for himself, Mr. Scalise, Mr. Long, Mr. Guthrie, and Mr. Johnson of Ohio) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from regulating the rates charged for broadband internet access service.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act.

2.

Regulation of broadband rates prohibited

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Federal Communications Commission may not regulate the rates charged for broadband internet access service.

3.

Exceptions

Nothing in this Act shall be construed to affect the authority of the Commission to—

(1)

condition receipt of universal service support under section 254 of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 254) by a provider of broadband internet access service on the regulation of the rates charged by such provider for the supported service;

(2)

enforce subpart Y of part 64 of title 47, Code of Federal Regulations (relating to truth-in-billing requirements); or

(3)

prohibit or restrict paid prioritization.

4.

Additional rule of construction

For purposes of this Act, broadband internet access service shall not be construed to include data roaming or interconnection.

5.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Broadband internet access service

The term broadband internet access service has the meaning given such term in section 8.1 of title 47, Code of Federal Regulations.

(2)

Commission

The term Commission means the Federal Communications Commission.

(3)

Paid prioritization

The term paid prioritization means the management of the network of a provider of broadband internet access service to directly or indirectly favor some traffic over other traffic, including through use of techniques such as traffic shaping, prioritization, resource reservation, or other forms of preferential traffic management, either—

(A)

in exchange for consideration (monetary or otherwise) from a third party; or

(B)

to benefit an affiliated entity.

(4)

Rate

The term rate means the amount charged by a provider of broadband internet access service for the delivery of broadband internet traffic.

(5)

Regulation

The term regulation or regulate means, with respect to a rate, the use by the Commission of rulemaking or enforcement authority to establish, declare, or review the reasonableness of such rate.