The Telecommunication Act Of 1996 Essay

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ASSIGNMENT 1

Student Name: Rohan Jain
Student CWID: A20378201

1. US Telecommunication Act of 1996

● The Telecommunications Act of 1996 represented the beginning of a new era in Internet, cable TV and Telecommunications regulations in the United States. It was sanctioned by the U.S. Congress on February 1, 1996 and signed by President Bill Clinton on February 8, 1996.

● This was the first major change in the telecommunications regulations since the original 1934 Telecommunications Act since it was the first time that the Internet was included in broadcasting and spectrum allotment. The main purpose of law was to stimulate competition in telecommunication services by removing regulatory barriers to entry

● Telecommunication Act of 1996 has successfully met its three goals:
1. Boost of Local Markets: In 1996, Americans had access to only single local telephone network but in today’s world, FCC reports that more than 90% of Americans have access to at least 6 different Telecommunication facility providers( telephone company, cable operator, mobile operators).
2. Increased Competition in Long Distance: In 1996, there were only 4 Network Carriers but now Americans have access to at least 11 Network Carriers providers which is three times more than in 2005.
3. Universal Service: Have allowed provision of basic local service to the widest possible number of customers and have proved to be cost-effective.

● “ILEC” is Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier and “CLEC” is Competitive

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