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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And while the time for mandating line sharing (as the 1996 Telecom Act did) has passed, there are some great ideas that can be taken from the other side of the Atlantic.
Based on the most recent publicly available data from the Federal Communications Commission, the latest findings are consistent with a previous Phoenix Center POLICY BULLETIN released in June, which showed that the 1996 Telecom Act generated an additional $267 billion in total telecom investment between 1996 and 2001.
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.
Bypassing Bell Atlantic's constitutional and state law claims, Judge Blake held that the county ordinance "fatally conflicts with the terms and goals" of the 1996 Telecom ACt.
said Congress should understand why the concept of universal service was written into the 1934 Telecommunications Act, and re-affirmed in the 1996 Telecom Act.
However, the FCC plays a vital role in implementing the 1996 Telecom Act, most importantly in ensuring to the extent possible that the act's rural safeguards are upheld.