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Commissioner Pai Statement, FCC Final Plan for Retrospective Analysis

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Released: May 18, 2012

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See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

May 18, 2012

STATEMENT OF FCC COMMISSIONER AJIT PAI ON FCC’S FINAL PLAN FOR

RETROSPECTIVE ANALYSIS OF EXISTING RULES

I am pleased that the Commission has completed work on its Final Plan for Retrospective
Analysis of Existing Rules. It is important for us to review regularly the rules already on the books and
determine whether they should be modified or eliminated in light of changing market and/or technological
conditions. In that vein, I look forward to working with my colleagues in examining whether the rules
listed in Section VI of the Final Plan should be modified or repealed. It is my hope that we will take
prompt action with respect to many of these proceedings.
I also am looking forward to the Commission’s 2012 Biennial Review. Section 11 of the
Communications Act requires the Commission to review every two years all regulations that apply to the
operations or activities of telecommunications service providers and determine whether those regulations
are “no longer necessary in the public interest as the result of meaningful economic competition between
providers of such service.” Following this review, the Commission is then required “to repeal or modify
any regulation it determines to be no longer necessary in the public interest.” In light of the importance of
this comprehensive retrospective analysis, I believe that the 2012 Biennial Review should take the form
of Commission-level action rather than Bureau-level recommendations
-FCC-

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