On February 25, after successful bipartisan negotiations, a House committee marked up and approved the “Small Business Broadband Deployment Act.” This legislation would exempt small internet service providers (ISPs) from enhanced transparency requirements in the Federal Communications Commission’s new Open Internet or ‘net neutrality’ rules. The bill would significantly benefit multifamily properties and their residents by ensuring greater access to high-speed internet, particularly in non-urban core areas.
Specifically, this amended version of the legislation would exempt ISPs with 250,000 subscribers or fewer and also sunsets the exemption after five years unless renewed by Congress. The bill now moves to the full House for consideration.
The legislation represents the most recent action by an increasingly active Congress in trying to bolster broadband access across the nation.