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Statement of Commissioner Harold W. Furchtgott-Roth

Re: 1998 Biennial Regulatory Review -- Review of International Common Carrier Regulations

I support adoption of this Report and Order wherein, pursuant to the Commission's duty under Section 11(b) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. Sect. 161(b), we have repealed or modified regulations that we have determined to be no longer necessary in the public interest. The regulations at issue here were chosen for repeal or modification as part of the Commission's 1998 Biennial Review, which was conducted pursuant to Section 11(a) of the Act, Id. at Sect. 161(a).

However, as thoroughly described in my Report on Implementation of Section 11 by the Federal Communications Commission (Dec. 21, 1998), which can be found on the FCC's WWW site at http://www.fcc.gov/commissioners/furchtgott-roth/reports/sect11.html, I believe that the 1998 Section 11(a) review was not as thorough as it should have been. I look forward to working with the chairman and other commissioners on the 2000 Biennial Review, planning for which should begin in mid-1999.

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