Another day, another FCC move to reduce regulatory burdens on small operators. In this case, the enhanced transparency rules for small ISP's that were supposed to kick in last month following a waiver. It looks like the waiver will be extended again, according to a news release by FCC Chair Ajit Pai:
"Today, I am pleased to announce that I have circulated to my colleagues an order that would waive for five years the enhanced transparency reporting requirements for small businesses with no more than 250,000 subscribers. This order mirrors the bipartisan compromise reflected in the Small Business Broadband Deployment Act of 2017—legislation introduced by Chairman Greg Walden of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Representative Dave Loebsack (and which has received a unanimous vote in the House of Representatives), as well as Senators Steve Daines and Joe Manchin."
As you can see, Iowa Congressman Dave Loebsack was one of the sponsors of the House legislation that would codify the extension, so it's a good idea to contact the congressman and thank him for his support.
Technically the new enhanced transparency rules did go into effect on January 17th, but it appears that the FCC does not intend to enforce the rules between now and when they issue a formal order.
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