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Washington, January 10, 2017 | comments

Chabot Backs House Move to Protect Small Biz from FCC Internet Takeover

Watch Chairman Chabot’s Floor Remarks HERE

– House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) today hailed House passage of H.R. 288, the Small Business Broadband Deployment Act. This legislation exempts small businesses from burdensome new Internet regulations imposed by President Obama’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for five years. The measure also increases the number of small businesses that can use the exemption from the FCC’s “Open Internet Order,” commonly known as “net neutrality.”

“Often times, small Internet providers are the only ones willing to take the risk and deploy broadband to particularly hard-to-reach areas of rural America,” Chairman Chabot said. “The last thing they have time for is the FCC imposing a greater regulatory burden on them, diverting precious resources to make Washington bureaucrats busy instead of doing what they do best –providing high quality broadband services to millions of Americans to every corner of the country.” 

Throughout the 114th Congress, Chairman Chabot and Small Business Committee Republicans pressed outgoing FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on the impact of the new net neutrality of rules on small businesses.

Chairman Chabot will also be speaking at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) this Thursday on the Committee’s plans to provide regulatory relief for small businesses in the 115th Congress.

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