PITTSBURGH, July 24, 2015 - The American Cable Association called on the Federal Communications Commission to lessen the paperwork burden on small and medium-sized ISPs from the new broadband transparency requirements.
"The FCC needs to recognize that key aspects of the just adopted enhanced transparency rules impose real burdens on small and medium-sized ISPs, many of whom have no in-house legal or regulatory personnel and will need to hire outside firms to navigate a complex regulatory regime. Further, many of these new requirements have little, if any, benefit for customers of ACA members. ACA calls on the FCC to follow the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) and reduce burdens for these ISPs," American Cable President and CEO Matthew M. Polka said.
American Cable expressed its views in comments filed July 20 with the FCC as part of the agency's PRA-mandated review of the enhanced transparency rule. The enhanced transparency rule imposes a series of new obligations, including a requirement that broadband ISPs disclose detailed information related to pricing, privacy, performance characteristics, and network management practices.
In its comments, ACA said that under the PRA, the FCC is obligated to minimize paperwork burdens, especially on small businesses. ACA said the FCC's recent estimates about the time and cost required to comply with the enhancements to the transparency rules (including clarifications to existing requirements and the adoption of new and more granular disclosure requirements regarding commercial terms, performance, and network practices) significantly understate the costs that small and medium-sized ISPs will incur to collect and disclose additional information about network practices.
As a result, ACA called on the FCC to take the following steps as part of its PRA review to alleviate burdens imposed by the network practice and notification requirements:
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