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Editorial #99: FCC: What is a FNPRM?

Dr. Z has been getting questions on the recent FCC development, especially the FNPRM.

What is a FNPRM? It is a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

The FCC has a process whereby they give the public an opportunity to read their proposed rules and comment on them before they issue an order. Very rarely, if ever does the FCC issue an order without a proposed rulemaking in process except in urgent and emergency situations.

The current FNPRM issued on December 14, 2011 is a very detailed (over 100 pages) and comprehensive proposal of new rules to be considered. Some of them are far-reaching and can change VRS as we know it today. And the comment period is 30 days from its publication in the Federal Register which is an unusually short period of time for such a big rulemaking proposal.

Dr. Z will comment on those proposed rules in the next few weeks so you can have an opportunity to send your thoughts to the FCC.

Here’s the link to the proposed rules.

Dr. Z cares about your communication access.

Disclaimer: Dr. Z is currently the Vice-President of Business Development and Outreach at CSDVRS, LLC.

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