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GOP-led Washington could repeal pending FCC regulations in 2025
GOP-led Washington could repeal pending FCC regulations in 2025

Congressional Review Act

The Congressional Review Act could jeopardize new broadband rules drafted by FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel

GOP-led Washington could repeal pending FCC regulations in 2025
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WASHINGTON, June 24, 2024 – A 1996 law gives Congress and the President the authority to repeal federal regulations issued within 60 days of the session each year before the final adjournment.

The Congressional Review Act, passed to give Congress more oversight of administrative agencies, could potentially jeopardize newly adopted regulations under the FCC chair. Jessica Rosenworcel.

In the coming months, the FCC could restrict broadband contracts with landlords and ban early termination fees in bundled pay-TV contracts signed by consumers. Rosenworcel’s efforts risk being canceled under the CRA if President Joe Biden lost his re-election and the House and Senate voted for the Republicans.

Since Congress is expected to be absent from office for most of August and October in an election year, the 60-day window, also known as the “lookback provision,” has already begun, according to a report.

“The intent of the look-back mechanism is to prevent an agency from waiting until the end of a congressional session to submit a rule to Congress, thereby depriving the House and Senate of sufficient time to review the rule,” after after an analysis of the Congress Research Service.

Rosenworcel’s broadband agenda was controversial and led to lawsuits over net neutrality and digital discrimination regulations that internet service providers and their industry associations say were not authorized by Congress.

Rosenworcel’s Collective billing The ban would likely give renters the ability to opt out of service contracts between internet providers and property owners without penalty. Broadband and low-income advocates have expressed concerns about the plan and want Rosenworcel to reconsider his plan.

Regarding early termination fees, cable advocates fear that an ETF ban could also include bundled services such as video and internet packages.

Meanwhile, the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission Lina Khan has suggested, Rulemaking to simplify the process of canceling subscriptions, as part of the Biden administration’s efforts to crack down on junk fees. The stated goal is to make canceling a subscription as easy as signing up. Khan has called it “Click to Cancel.”

The precedent set at the start of the Trump administration could be a harbinger of possible actions by a Republican-controlled Washington next year. In 2017, the Republican-controlled Congress passed a resolution, which Trump signed, that overrode broadband privacy rules issued the previous year by the Democratic-controlled FCC.

By Everly