“Telecommunications vs. Information Services”

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Table of Contents Introduction …………………………………………………………………………………………………………3 Background…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..4 Recommendations………………………………………………………………………………………………..7 • User and ISP Cooperative (Option 1)………………………………………………………….7 • Website Accessibility Certification (Option 2)……………………………………………7 • Top-Level Domain Classification (Option 3)……………………………………………….8 Legal,…show more content…
The primary piece of legislation used to regulate telecom providers is the Telecommunication Act of 1996. This paper will examine the characteristics, and point out similarities, of telecommunications providers and information services such as the internet. Additionally, regulation of telecommunications and the lack of regulation for information services will be addressed. Finally, recommendations for potential ways to regulate information services, the potential legal ramifications of such regulation, and the technical considerations regarding the recommendations will be identified. Background The Telecommunications Act of 1996 was the first major overhaul of United States telecommunications law in nearly 62 years, amending the Communications Act of 1934. This Act was a major stepping stone towards the future of telecommunications, since this was the first time that the Internet was included in broadcasting and spectrum allotment. One of the primary goals of the law (Title III specifically) was to let anyone enter any communications business “to let any communications businesses compete in any market against any other." Also, the new Telecommunications Act allowed the FCC, and Congress, to "update" the old - and outdated - Telecommunications Act of 1934. For purposes of regulation by the Federal Communications Commission under the U.S.
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