The telecommunications rulemaking process

On Behalf of | Nov 1, 2021 | Telecommunications Law

The United States Department of Transportation (USDT) establishes the rulemaking process for new legislation in communications. Its steps and procedures apply to Texas. The USDT is also determined to keep a public record of its rulemaking process. It aims to encourage the public to participate in rulemaking by helping them understand it. Led by Congress, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) oversees communication law and its ongoing amendments each year.

A look at rulemaking

Rulemaking, if formulated through a specific process, is most effective when following predetermined criteria. In telecommunications law, adjusting to new statutes, modernizing processes for the public and improving comprehension results in new methods and policies. The way these procedures come about, for managerial reasons, must be detailed in full.

General rules to consider

Telecommunications law operates under three principles of rulemaking that are established legally and publicly. These three types of rules, which build the framework of law, consist of:

• Legislative. When legislative rules are amended, the result is laws that specifically protect the rights of public individuals and entities. Requiring, for example, that online marketers first ask for a user’s information is an example of a legislative rule.

• Nonlegislative. Understanding and interpreting rules are difficult for those with nonlegislative backgrounds. Policy statements, for example, help public entities express jurisdiction while interpretive rules explain what certain laws and rules mean.

• Organizational and Procedural. The way an organization operates is based on these types of rules, which lay out correspondences, jurisdictions and standard actions.

Adjusting to new standards and procedures

Texas is constantly evolving through technology and the growing ideas of a modern world. As the world improves, telecommunications law will also adjust to meet the demands of people. Rulemaking is what gives society security and safety objectives to follow.