FCC Seeks Comment Regarding Possible Revision or Elimination of Rules

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Pursuant to the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) has published a plan for the review of rules adopted by the agency in calendar years 2005 – 2006 which have, or might have, a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The purpose of the review is to determine whether such rules should be continued without change, or should be amended or rescinded to minimize any significant economic impact of such rules upon a substantial number of small entities.

The Public Notice lists the FCC regulations to be reviewed during the next twelve months. In reviewing each rule, the FCC will consider the following factors:

  1. The continued need for the rule;
  2. The nature of complaints or comments from the public concerning the rule;
  3. The complexity of the rule;
  4. The extent to which the rule overlaps, duplicates, or conflicts with other federal rules and, to the extent feasible, with state and local governmental rules; and
  5. The length of time since the rule has been evaluated or the degree to which technology, economic conditions, or other factors have changed in the area affected by the rule.

Comments are due 90 days after the Public Notice is published in the Federal Register, which has not yet occurred.

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