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.
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.
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.
Verizon is attempting to use a "loophole" (forbearance) in the 1996 Telecom Act to eliminate competition and return to the monopoly status.
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.
To support its premature petitions for forbearance from pro-competitive rules in Section 251 of the 1996 Telecom Act in those six markets, Verizon has supplied information that grossly overstates market competition.
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.
Compared to the $90 billion investment made by Cable operators to offer Triple Play since the 1996 Telecom Act, RBOC investments pale in comparison.
Are the Communications Act of 1934 and the 1996 Telecom Act the Constitution or the Articles of Confederation?
The report addresses changes at the FCC, a review of the Brand X case, VoIP regulations, IP-Video Franchise obligations, DTV transition and updates on the rewrite of the 1996 Telecom Act, USF and intercarrier compensation.