On March 16, the full House approved
bipartisan legislation by a unanimous vote of 411-0 that would exempt small
internet service providers (ISPs) from enhanced transparency requirements in
the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) new Open Internet or
‘net neutrality’ rules. The efforts of Congress to bolster broadband access
across the nation could significantly benefit multifamily properties and their
residents by ensuring greater access to high-speed internet, particularly in
non-urban core areas.
The amended version of the Small Business Broadband Deployment Act would exempt ISPs with 250,000 subscribers
or fewer and sunsets the exemption after five years unless renewed by Congress.
Action on the bill now moves to the Senate where companion legislation awaits
consideration by the Commerce Committee.