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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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.
In another twisted outgrowth of the 1996 Telecom Act, a federal appeals court rules that the Federal Communications Commission erred in exempting advanced data services from the requirement that Bell companies sell their services "unbundled" from other pricey add-ons.
He cited the 1996 Telecom Act as an example of what these new measures will accomplish.
Why create massive new regulations where none are needed, or create the same problem the 1996 Telecom Act was intended to prevent: costly delays in business access to new communications technology?
Clyburn said there is "absolutely" a role for Congress in USF reform, and that the commission welcomes congressional direction, given that the communications universe has undergone such dramatic change since the 1996 Telecom Act. "Is it time to revisit?
Although the passage of the 1996 telecom act was the landmark event in telecom deregulation, the process began earlier.
On the other side are those who think the 1996 telecom act can work if only the federal government would enforce it.
The appeals court's opinion examined whether the 1996 Telecom Act "contains a comprehensive remedial scheme sufficient to preclude a separate action" under sec.
The authors say their findings are telling for lawmakers attempting to update 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. She focused on section 253 of the act, which preempts all state and local regulations that "prohibit or have the effect of prohibiting, any company's ability to provide telecommunications services.
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.
In the article, "Retooling the 1996 Telecom Act?" Tom Wacker and Jessica Bridges, with NTCA's government affairs division, explore the question of whether the 1996 Act has met the high expectations bestowed upon it by legislators, industry and the public, of if it has faltered under the weight of regulatory and judicial activities.