Summary: H.R.4596 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed House without amendment (03/16/2016)

(This measure has not been amended since it was reported to the House on March 7, 2016. The summary of that version is repeated here.)

Small Business Broadband Deployment Act

(Sec. 2) 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.