10 of the Communications Act requires the Commission to forbear
from applying to a telecommunications carrier any Communications
Act provision or Commission regulation if certain statutory criteria
are met. Under section 10(c), any telecommunications carrier
or class of telecommunications carriers may file a petition with
the Commission asking that it exercise this forbearance authority.
If the Commission fails to act on a forbearance petition within
one year (extended by three months, if necessary), the petition
is "deemed granted" by operation of law. In its June
Procedures Order, the Commission adopted procedural
rules to govern its consideration of forbearance petitions. All the forbearance procedural rules are now in effect.
Congress enacted section 10 in 1996. Since then, the Commission
has addressed numerous forbearance petitions. The following table
lists the forbearance petitions currently pending before the Commission.