The Telecommunications Act of 1996
Looks at the history and effects of the passage of this law.
“February 8, 1996 President Clinton signed into law the “Telecommunications Act of 1996”, thereby putting in place the most significant changes in US telecommunications laws in over 60 years (Knauer, Lynch, Machtley 1). The reasoning behind the “Telecommunications Act of 1996” is that people want simplicity in everyday life and it is no different in the world of telecommunications. Telecommunications companies are beginning to provide it all to their customers, providing not just phone service, but services for every telecommunications need imaginable. This trend for telecommunication companies to become “total communication providers” is directly related to the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which was enacted to foster competition in the local telephone market.(Buckley 1). This law opened the way for telecommunication providers everywhere to offer more to their customers.”