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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In enacting the 1996 Telecommunications Act, Congress intentionally excluded Internet services, like broadband Internet access, from the scope of Title II's regulatory burdens.
Crandall (economic studies, Brookings Institution) describes developments in the US telecommunications sector since the passage of the 1996 telecommunications act.
But the future is wrought with uncertainty as well, not the least of which is the anticipated rewrite of the 1996 Telecommunications Act.
She focused on the impending rewrite of the 1996 Telecommunications Act.
The decision came in a series of cases involving the Missouri Municipal League, which argued that the 1996 Telecommunications Act says states may not prohibit any entity from offering local phone service.
Participants at this meeting focused on the far-reaching implications for local authorities of an anticipated rewrite of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, as well as the opportunities and threats of new technologies such as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
Clear Channel began a buying spree after the 1996 Telecommunications Act deregulated the media market.
This trend can be directly traced back to the deregulation of the 1996 Telecommunications Act.
This is contrary to the promise of the 1996 Telecommunications Act -- competition and consumer choice are being denied," said Ron Binz, president of the Competition Policy Institute.
Under the 1996 Telecommunications Act, the Bell companies created by the 1984 break-up of AT&T cannot offer long-distance service in local markets until they prove they have opened those markets to local phone competition.
As part of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, the Federal Communications Commission was directed to ensure affordable phone service for rural America.