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Released: June 6, 2014
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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS

COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

OFFICE OF

May 19,2014

THE CH A IRMAN

The Honorable Marsha Blackburn

U.S. House ofRepresentatives

217 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Representative Blackburn:

Thank you for contacting me to express your views on cost-benefit analysis in

rulemaking proceedings and the proposed Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NRPM) on the Open

Internet.

Cost-benefit analysis is one of many valuable tools used in certain circumstances by

regulatory agencies, including the FCC, to assist in the evaluation of a proposed regulatory

course of action. Since President Obama issued Executive Orders 13563 and 13579 in 2011, the

Commission has endeavored to act consistently with the cost-benefit analysis principles

articulated in those orders in its rulemaking proceedings. This includes consideration of

quantifiable, monet~zed costs and benefits associated with a proposed regulatory approach, as

well as careful consideration of those costs and benefits that are not as easily quantifiable or

monetized. The agency will conduct the Open Internet rulemaking proceeding following the

same principles and guidelines.

I appreciate your interest in this matter. Please let me know if I can be of any further

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assistance.

Tom Wheeler

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