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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Everybody from consumers, to emergency response, law enforcement and national security agencies, to state regulators, to carriers themselves rely on a routing database established as a result of the Telecom Act of 1996.
Blair's work with New Street will focus on the likely outcome and impact of the government processes affecting public companies, including the Open Internet proceeding, merger reviews, spectrum auctions and accelerated efforts to rewrite the Telecom Act of 1996.
Interestingly, none of the Baby Bells have effectively entered their siblings' markets since the Telecom Act of 1996.
It is the first major telecom legislation since the Telecom Act of 1996.
Of special note is Goldstein's analysis revealing that the dysfunctional elements that would lead to the boom-bust cycle crash of the telecommunications industry began long before the Telecom Act of 1996 (itself a belated, overly compromised reaction to an obsolete regulatory model).
Minnesota targeted VoIP service provider Vonage, contending Vonage was a phone service provider and should be taxed accordingly, in response, Vonage defined itself as a data service, pointing out that its service works over the Internet and relies on a broadband connection, two hallmarks of the definition of a data service under Title 2 of the Telecom Act of 1996.
The approval of this five-state application by federal regulators proves that BellSouth is in complete compliance with the Telecom Act of 1996, that our markets are open to local competition, and that millions of additional customers in our operating region will now experience the benefits of increased competition for long distance services," said BellSouth chairman and CEO Duane Ackerman.
Those mega-broadcasters who created the buying frenzy following the Telecom Act of 1996 may end up putting some of those stations back on the market, which could once again change the dynamics of the industry.
The casebound volume covers the new legal and business developments affecting the telecommunications industry, with analysis of the Telecom Act of 1996 and the rules and regulations that have arisen in response to the Act.
As the first major overhaul of telecommunications law in almost 62 years, the Telecom Act of 1996 affects telephone service (local and long distance), cable programming, broadcast services (including radio) and services provided to schools such as computer equipment or basic wiring.
Although the fixed line sector is still controlled by majority monopoly, the Telecom Act of 1996 states that Telkom's monopoly will end in five years time, allowing liberalisation of the market.
When Congress passed the Telecom Act of 1996, it deregulated the broadcasting industry.