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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With regard to the issue of compensation, the opinion spends substantial time discussing the provision of Section 253(c) of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 which allows municipalities to charge "fair and reasonable compensation.
Subsequently, the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling in the Trinko case, which upheld the dismissal of an antitrust case alleging a single breach of an incumbent phone company's duty under the Telecommunications Act of 1996 to share its network with competitors.
Supreme Court today ruled that local phone companies can not be sued under antitrust laws based on alleged violations of the federal Telecommunications Act of 1996.
Since the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, we've fought a battle of incremental progress against the extraordinary policy-making power of the mammoth Bell companies and their desperate fight to maintain their monopoly status.
TELRIC (Total Element Long Run Incremental Cost) was established after the Telecommunications Act of 1996 said that prices paid by competitors for access to incumbent phone companies' network elements must be "based on cost" and "may include a reasonable profit.
Companies must also meet federally mandated compliance directives under the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Telecommunications for the Disabled Act of 1982, the Hearing Aid Compatibility Act of 1988 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
I believe the Court will uphold the Telecommunications Act of 1996 as the document clearly states that 'any entity' has the right to deploy telecommunications capabilities.
Companies must meet federally mandated compliance directives under the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Telecommunications for the Disabled Act of 1982, the Hearing Aid Compatibility Act of 1988 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

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