The FCC is extending by one year an exemption for small Internet providers from the agency’s Net Neutrality rules passed in February.
Internet service providers with 100,000 or fewer subscribers remain exempt from the transparency portion of the rules, which state providers must disclose more information about pricing and networks.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler stated the extension would give the agency more time to assess the burden resulting from the changes.
“[S]maller providers never had the imaginary market power envisioned by the commission, and they shouldn’t have to comply now or in the future with burdensome requirements that divert limited resources from broadband deployment and provide no real value to consumers,” said GOP Commissioner Michael O’Rielly. More than 30 Republic lawmakers told Wheeler recently the exemption should be permanent.