FCC To Undertake Review of Rules

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The FCC has issued a Public Notice announcing that it will be reviewing all rules adopted between 2001 and 2004 as required by section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) 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purpose of the review is to determine whether such rules should be continued without change, or should be amended or rescinded, consistent with the stated objective of section 610 of the RFA, to minimize any significant economic impact of such rules upon a substantial number of small entities.  In connection with the review,  the FCC will consider the following factors:

(a) The continued need for the rule;
(b) The nature of complaints or comments received concerning the rule from the public;
(c) The complexity of the rule;
(d) 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
(e) 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.

Public comment has been invited.  Comments are due 90 days following publication of the Public Notice in the Federal Register, which has not yet occurred.

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