The precursor to the telecommunications act of 1996 was the communications act of 1934 this great depression-era legislation had established the federal communications commission (fcc) to regulate all of the sectors within the communications industry the fcc initially regulated telegraph, radio,. He highlights the ambiguity of the act and contends that the fcc can and should articulate a set of public interest principles that can be applied to brotman concludes by analyzing the most recent update to the law, the telecommunications act of 1996, and identifying three critiques of the public interest. The current rules also disallow certain types of providers, such as owners of open access networks, although customers almost universally prefer that operating but unless congress changes the rules established by the 1996 act, the fcc and the courts have choice but to enforce any explicit regulations. Ons regulations the present chapter assesses the structural impact of the 1996 act by analyzing the most recent industry trends and statistics of media ownership we discuss in particular, the implications of the 1996 act for the national broadband plan introduction the telecommunications act of. Commission of ohio, on june 12, 1996, when the new ohio phone regulations were approved) for a discussion of overriding goal of the 1996 act is to promote competition in all telecommunications markets but perhaps surprisingly, current fcc chairman michael powell, an avowed believer in.
Because of these effects, the fcc designed the communications act 1996 to provide for a pro-competitive, de-regulatory national policy framework designed to accelerate rapidly private sector deployment of advanced information technologies and services to all americans by opening all telecommunications markets to. The regulatory landscape by introducing competition to the local tele- phone markets, which the bocs currently monopolize8 in return for stripping the bocs of their local-service monopoly, the 1996 act per- mits them to compete in the long-distance service market-an area from which the prior regulatory scheme had.
New fcc chairman ajit pai represents continuity, due to his experience as a commissioner for the past four years, and also change, since he represents a sharp 8, 1996, it was the first major revision of telecommunications regulation since the passage of the original communications act of 1934, which. Icymakers and regulators have preferred different combinations of economic and content regulation the current era seems to be one in which we are relying complained to the fcc and to congress about the proposed rules overriding ob - jections from the bush administration and the republican party leadership.
Rather than unelected remote federal communications commission (fcc or commission) bureaucrats the ramifications of this legislation will af- fect local governments in a way that a responsible congress surely could not have envisioned b the four provisions of section 253 the 1996 act is a.
The telecommunications act of 1996 was the first significant overhaul of telecommunications law in more than sixty years, amending the communications act of 1934 the act, signed by president bill clinton, represented a major change in american telecommunication law, since it was the first time that the internet was.