FCC wants to save trees.

The Commission has released its proposal to eliminate the requirement that broadcasters and cable operators maintain paper copies of the FCC rules in their public files, inasmuch as those rules are freely available online nowadays. Chairman Pai observed, “We start here with rules that many were surprised to learn are still on the books—literally. Today, many of us have swapped traditional paperback books for Kindles, mix tapes for streaming services, and the Sunday morning newspapers for their online equivalents. In doing so, we realize daily the benefits and efficiencies new technologies can provide. Now that all of this information is readily available online, many see [the requirement to retain paper copies of the rules] as outdated and unnecessary. We are inclined to agree.”