McDowell on Lower Phone Bills for Americans Through Additional Deregulation of International Telephony Market
COMMISSIONER ROBERT M. McDOWELLRE:
Reporting Requirements for U.S. Providers of International Telecommunications
Services, Amendment of Part 43 of the Commission's Rules, IB Docket No. 04-112, First
Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, FCC 11-76
International Settlements Policy Reform, IB Docket No. 05-254, Notice of Proposed
Rulemaking, FCC 11-75
In my view, it is always a bright day when the Commission removes from its books unnecessary
and outdated rules. This agency should constantly scrutinize its regulations to ensure that legacy
mandates do not inhibit investment and innovation or impose undue costs that are ultimately paid for by
Today, the FCC takes a small but positive step toward eliminating unnecessary reporting
requirements regarding international telephone service. The Commission is also issuing a further notice
seeking comment on streamlining remaining international data reporting to ensure our rules are relevant
in light of a rapidly evolving market. Furthermore, we are also voting on a companion notice of proposed
rulemaking on potentially eliminating the international settlements policy altogether. This notice
recognizes the fundamental progress made in the marketplace while also asking important questions on
areas where the Commission may need to maintain a more active presence. All of these measures have
my full support.
I thank Chairman Genachowski for scheduling these long-pending proceedings for a vote. Ideally
we would have eliminated a greater number of mandates. I am thus hopeful that we will complete our
work to review the outstanding reporting requirements in an expeditious manner. Thank you to the
International Bureau staff for your excellent work.
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