Telecommunications Act of 1996

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Telecommunications Act of 1996

Legislation in the United States that deregulated telecommunications. It changed regulations for telephones, television broadcasts and cable in order to reduce barriers to entry and increase competition. It also regulated explicit material broadcast on television. See also: Communications Decency Act.
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Even then, the modern-day legislative environment may not be capable of producing legislation as comprehensive as the 1996 Telecom Act.
What we are seeing is predicted by both economic texts and the 1996 Telecom Act -- companies that have to compete for customers work harder, invest more, and deliver better services than monopolies.
Chairman Powell responded that NPRM was "not a product of regulatory free will," but that Congress had designed the classifications in question in the 1996 Telecom Act.
In another twisted outgrowth of the 1996 Telecom Act, a federal appeals court rules that the Federal Communications Commission erred in exempting advanced data services from the requirement that Bell companies sell their services "unbundled" from other pricey add-ons.
He cited the 1996 Telecom Act as an example of what these new measures will accomplish.
What commercial radio broadcasters sought--and got--in the 1996 Telecom Act was the ability to create huge national media companies that could put radio on the national advertising map.
Gold, senior vice president of external affairs for XO Communications, said, "Competitors have made important progress since passage of the 1996 Telecom Act, delivering the benefits of choice, savings and innovation to customers.
President Obama has asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reclassify high-speed broadband (Internet) as a public utility under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act instead of treating it under section 706 of the 1996 Telecom Act.
The authors say their findings are telling for lawmakers attempting to update the 1996 Telecom Act.
The appeals court's opinion examined whether the 1996 Telecom Act "contains a comprehensive remedial scheme sufficient to preclude a separate action" under sec.
The QSI Study, "An Analysis of Verizon's Petition for Forbearance: A Quantification of the Impact of Forbearance," presents the first in-depth examination of the damage that would result from a grant of Verizon's petitions for forbearance from the pro-competitive local loop and transport unbundling obligations of the 1996 Telecom Act.