Essay on Telecommunications Act of 1996

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The Telecommunications Act of 1996
The Telecommunications Act of 1996 can be termed as a major overhaul of the communications law in the past sixty-two years. The main aim of this Act is to enable any communications firm to enter the market and compete against one another based on fair and just practices (“The Telecommunications Act 1996,” The Federal Communications Commission). This Act has the potential to radically change the lives of the people in a number of different ways. For instance it has affected the telephone services both local and long distance, cable programming and other video services, broadcast services and services provided to schools. The Federal Communications Commission has actively endorsed this Act and has worked
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Additional provisions include those giving families control of the television programming that comes into their homes through the use of "V-Chip" technology, and prevent undue concentration in television and radio ownership so that a diversity of voices and viewpoints can continue to flourish, through modified ownership limits (“Telecommunications Act of 1996,” Federal Communication Commission).
The response in the telecommunications market, soon after the Act was passed, was tremendous. For one thing four of the seven Bell Regional Holding companies announced mergers (as recommended and encouraged by the Act). Bell Atlantic acquired NYNEX, and SBC acquired Pacific Telesis. As time went by more and more companies falling in the jurisdiction of the Bell regional companies began to announce proposed mergers and followed them through. It is important to note here that some of the mergers were among Bell companies and local carriers e.g. Bell Atlantic and GTE, SBC and Ameritech (pending) and AT&T and the video cable giant TCI. Some of these changes of course are a direct result of the changes in the regulatory practices mentioned in the Act of 1996. The rest of them can only be called a preparation of sorts for the competitive market environment to come in the near future if the Act of 1996 is fully realized by that time. This will not only increase
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