FCC Biennial Regulatory Review 1998
Welcome to the 1998 Biennial Review Homepage. Section 11 of the Communications Act, as amended, requires the Commission to review all of its regulations applicable to providers of telecommunications service in every even-numbered year, beginning in 1998, to determine whether the regulations are no longer in the public interest due to meaningful economic competition between providers of the service and whether such regulations should be repealed or modified. Section 202(h) of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 also requires the Commission to review its broadcast ownership rules biennially as part of the review conducted pursuant to section 11. As previously announced, the Commission has determined that the first biennial regulatory review presents an excellent opportunity for a serious top-to-bottom examination of all of the Commission's regulations, not just those statutorily required to be reviewed.
As part of the 1998 Biennial Regulatory Review, each of the operating bureaus, together with the Office of General Counsel, has hosted a series of public forums (
and has participated in brown-bag practice group lunches with the Federal Communications Bar Association to solicit informal input from the public. The Commission is interested in any further suggestions regarding proposed rule changes as part of the 1998 biennial regulatory review and an appropriate analytical framework for analyzing such changes.
Biennial Regulatory Review Proceedings
Beginning in January 1998, the Commission initiated a series of rulemaking proceedings as part of the 1998 Biennial Regulatory Review. FCC staff has released a list of 31 proceedings which it has proposed that the Commission initiate as part of the review. In August 1998, the FCC announced Significant Progress on 1998 Biennial Review. Proceedings that have already been initiated are listed by docket number within each Bureau/Office category below.