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

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Introduced in House (02/24/2016)


114th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 4596


To ensure that small business providers of broadband Internet access service can devote resources to broadband deployment rather than compliance with cumbersome regulatory requirements.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 24, 2016

Mr. Walden introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


A BILL

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) 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—

(A) 1,500 employees; or

(B) 500,000 subscribers.


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