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FCC Lifts Unneeded Telecom Rules and Proposes Further Streamlining

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Released: May 17, 2013

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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action.
See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).



May 17, 2013

Mark Wigfield, 202-418-0253

FCC Lifts Unneeded Telecom Rules, Frees Millions for Investment,

Consumer Benefit

Preserves Requirements Needed to Protect Consumers, Public Safety, Competition, and Universal


Washington D.C. – As part of its ongoing effort to remove barriers to investment and modernize for
the digital age, the FCC unanimously agreed to lift over 120 regulatory requirements on phone
companies that are unnecessary or outdated in today’s telecommunications marketplace.
At the same time, the Commission preserved vital protections to ensure competition, consumer
protection, universal service and public safety. Among the rules retained: a requirement that
companies notify consumers when services are being eliminated, an important protection as
technological transitions transform the marketplace.
Among the over 120 requirements lifted by the FCC today are rules that required:
 Keeping paper records made redundant by digital databases
 Detailed filing of property records no longer used by the FCC
 Calling card records reporting that consumed 15,000 hours of compliance work annually
The FCC continues to examine all of its rules to remove and streamline outmoded requirements where
appropriate. Text of the item adopted by the Commission is available at
Action by the Commission May 10, 2013, by Memorandum Opinion and Order, Report and
Order, Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
(FCC 13-69). Chairman Genachowski, Commissioners Clyburn and Rosenworcel, with Commissioner
Pai approving in part and concurring in part. Separate statements issued by Chairman Genachowski and
Commissioner Pai. Commissioner McDowell not participating.
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