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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The tremendous consumer savings and economic benefits that stem from local phone competition are a result of the policies established by the Illinois 2001 Telecom Reform Act," said Melia Carter, director of the ICCT.
To help ensure America's leadership in e-commerce, our government should first drive investments in bandwidth needed by homes and businesses by implementing the 1996 Telecom Reform Act, meant to allow local competition.
With wireline telecom provider capital expenditure stalled, and regional Bell telephone companies lobbying Congress to repeal line-sharing provisions of the 1996 Telecom Reform Act, an increasing number of Internet service providers have begun to use unlicensed wireless spectrum to bridge the bandwidth gap in the last mile.
Headed by Michael Locatis, corporate vice president of wholesale services, this strategic addition is both a response to market changes resulting from the Telecom Reform Act of 1996, and a desire to meet the growing teleconferencing demands of the expanding reseller market.
Paradyne's success as a pioneer in Digital Subscriber Line technology is due to a combination of our 30-year history of innovation and access to the public network enabled by the 1996 Telecom Reform Act," said May.
West and Continental, Disney and ABC, PacTel and SBC, Bell Atlantic and NYNEX are exactly what the Telecom Reform ACT of "96 is all about -- building a stronger, more efficient infrastructure," Kennedy said.

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