A trio of Republican lawmakers are asking Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to soften his proposal to deregulate the business data services market.
Members of the Arkansas delegation — Sens. Tom CottonTom CottonOvernight Cybersecurity: White House adviser ditches cyber panel over 'fake news' | Trump cyber order 'close' | GOP senator pushes for clean renewal of foreign intel law Overnight Tech: Dem wants to see FCC chief's net neutrality plans | New agency panel on telecom diversity | Trump calls NASA astronaut GOP senator pushes for clean reauthorization of foreign intel law MORE and John BoozmanJohn BoozmanMedicare’s coverage decisions need more input from physicians GOP lawmakers call on FCC chair to soften data services proposal Senate Republicans eyeing alternative tax reform plan MORE and Rep. French Hill — wrote a letter to Pai asking that he implement a “reasonable transition period” in the proposed rule so that small businesses can prepare for any price hikes that may result.
“A reasonable transition would also enable service providers to adapt and remain viable in more markets than will occur in the event of a flash cut to new policies.”
Last month, Pai proposed deregulating the business data services market — which allow companies to securely transmit large amounts of data. The FCC has set price caps in many areas in an effort to promote competition, but Pai argues that removing the regulations will allow the market to flourish.
His proposal has drawn criticism from certain business groups, including the Small Business Administration’s Advocacy Office, an independent wing of the agency that wrote to Pai last week asking him to hold off on going forward with the proposal, which is set for a vote on Thursday.
The Arkansas Republicans’ applauded Pai’s deregulation efforts but implied that moving too fast on the proposal could make the services more expensive.
“A transition period would allow additional time for these changes to play out and allow providers time to adjust their business models and educate consumers about the coming changes, including the possibility of price hikes, termination of service, and migration to alternate technologies,” they wrote.