On September 5, 2017, the FCC adopted a Report and Order which updates the rules from the Code of Federal Regulations by removing outdated requirements. Specifically, the FCC eliminated rules from which the Commission has granted unconditional forbearance for all carriers in the 2013 USTelecom Forbearance Orders. The FCC also eliminated references to telegraph service from sections of the Commission’s rules, modernizing regulations to better reflect the current communications market.
This Report and Order is a promising development that removes legacy regulations that serve no purpose in today’s digital economy. Hopefully, the Commission will continue to reduce regulatory burdens that stifle innovation and investment.