Telecommunications Act of 1996

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The Telecommunications Act of 1996 was the first major overhaul of United States telecommunications policy in nearly 62 years, modifying earlier legislation, primarily the Communications Act of 1934. It was approved by the 104th Congress on January 3, 1996. It was signed into law by United States President Bill Clinton on February 8, 1996. The legislation regulates:

The general intention of the Act was deregulation and promotion of competition. The Act removed barriers which had previously prevented telecoms from competing head-to-head and thus the Act has fostered competition. However, degregulation was also intended to offer consumers a choice in local phone service. By 1999, 98% of homes had no choice in local service.

Passage of the Act resulted in several major mergers, including:

Title V was the Communications Decency Act, aimed at regulating online pornography but was later defeated in the courts by on constitutional grounds by advocates of free speech.

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References

  • A Legislative History of the Communications Act of 1934, by Paglin, Max D. - Oxford University Press, New York. 1989.
  • Brinkley Act - Section 325(b) of the Communications Act of 1934 that was written into law in an attempt to halt live broadcasting from radio studios in the United States linked via telephone land lines to superpower border-blaster transmitters located along the Mexican side of the Rio Grande (Rio Bravo), international boder. This provision was carried through into the Telecommunications Act of 1996 by incorporation of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended to Section 325(c).
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