A House committee will consider a bill this week that makes permanent small-business exemptions to some of the aspects of last year’s landmark net neutrality rules.
The full House Energy and Commerce Committee will vote Thursday on the bill, which passed out of its Subcommittee on Communications and Technology earlier this month.
The exemptions are currently temporary.
Some have raised concerns that the definition is too broad.
“For example, one rural advocacy group representing small telecommunications providers has, on average, 4,000 access lines and 34 employees per member company,” said subcommittee ranking member Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.).
“Similarly, the majority's witness last month testified that their association's members have an average of 1,500 customers with the largest company having 200,000 subscribers.”
When the subcommittee signed off on the bill, Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said it would protect small businesses “from burdensome regulation.”
Next week is also expected to see lawmakers consider a bill with implications for tech and telecom. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John ThuneJohn ThuneOvernight Tech: Uber, AT&T beef up lobbying | Pai is new FCC chairman | Skype coming to WH briefings | iPhone maker floats B US factory Trump, GOP set to battle on spending cuts Week ahead: FCC soon to be in Republican Pai's hands MORE (R-S.D.) told reporters on Monday that he hopes the panel will vote on his MOBILE NOW Act — which implements reforms to spectrum policy — next month, according to Politico.