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FCC Submits Net Neutrality Regulations

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July 7, 2011

Net neutrality moved one step closer to the rule books after the FCC submitted the regulations for a federal review, according to a note Thursday in the Federal Register.

The review by the Office of Management and Budget is the last major hurdle before the rules become enforceable. It will assess whether new reporting requirements for industry comply with federal standards for data collection.

As part of a lengthy set of rules reining in how phone and cable companies treat Web traffic, the FCC mandated last year that Internet service providers must disclose more information about their network management practices.

The FCC estimated in its submission to OMB that complying with the disclosure mandates will take the average phone or cable company 32 hours per year.

That is triple the FCC's previous estimate of 10 hours, which broadband providers said was too low. Internet service companies have a chance to comment on the new estimates as part of the review.

Net neutrality regulations passed the FCC in December over criticisms from some phone and cable companies that the requirements are too burdensome.

House Republicans who have sought to repeal the rules slammed the FCC for underestimating the burden of its rules in its initial calculation.

"One has to wonder whether the FCC will also finally admit it has grossly underestimated the burden on innovation, investment, and jobs," Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., and Communications subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore. said in a statement on Thursday.

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