II. SECTION 201: BROADCAST SPECTRUM FLEXIBILITY
III. SECTION 202: BROADCAST OWNERSHIP
IV. LICENSE RENEWAL PROVISIONS
I. INTRODUCTION The broadcasting provisions contained in Title II of the Telecommunications...
II. BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT
III. CONSUMER PROTECTION
I. INTRODUCTION Five years ago I asked this question about the Telecommunications Act of 1996 ("1996 Act") and concluded that most residential...
I. THE ISSUE
II. THE CHANGING INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
III. EMPIRICAL FINDINGS
A. Vertical Concentration.
B. Local Concentration
IV. INTERPRETATION OF RESULTS
I. THE ISSUE For several decades, U.S. policy in telecommunications...
Welcome to the Third and final Issue of the Federal Communications Law Journal Volume 58. While all Issues of the FCLJ provide important insight into communications law, this Issue is exceptional. We have asked some of the most respected individuals...
II. A LEARNING EXPERIENCE
III. DOING BETTER NEXT TIME
A. Endangered Species
C. Unmet Promises
I. INTRODUCTION The Eighth Circuit, in its famously evocative scolding of the Federal Communications...
I. INTERCONNECTION POLICY BEFORE 1996
II. INTERCONNECTION AND THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT OF
III. THE INTERNET AND INTERCONNECTION
I. INTERCONNECTION POLICY BEFORE 1996 The network effect in telephone service makes a larger system more...
II. THE CO-EVOLUTION OF LAW, TECHNOLOGY, SECTOR
ORGANIZATION, AND PERFORMANCE
III. THE INCOMPLETE CONCEPTUAL FOUNDATIONS FOR
B. Tradeoffs Between Economic and Noneconomic Goals in
II. THE 1996 ACT: TRULY LANDMARK LEGISLATION
III. CONGRESS LOOKED BACK AND THOUGHT AHEAD
IV. WHAT WE CAN SEE IN HINDSIGHT: PITFALLS ON THE
V. WHERE TO NOW? PRINCIPLES TO KEEP IN MIND GOING
There are lessons to be learned from the nonstarters in regulatory historic. A good example in the 1996 Telecommunications Act ("1996 Act") (1) was Section 653's creation of open video systems ("OVS"). (2) OVS was an attempt to create a quasi-carrier...
The Telecommunications Act of 1996 ("1996 Act") has frequently been cited as landmark legislation. In fact in Tom Friedman's bestselling book, The World Is Flat, cites the 1996 Act as the basis for many recent developments. Friedman suggests that the...
The FCC's E-911 mandate, which will ensure that emergency operators automatically receive a caller's location information, should help save lives. However, privacy advocates have expressed concern over the potential for wireless carriers, the government,...
WorldCom's disclosure of billions of dollars of financial fraud on June 25, 2002 challenged the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") in several major ways. The FCC proclaimed its commitment to enforce its rules to protect consumers against service...
II. NETWORK SHARING RULES PURSUANT TO THE
TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1996
III. TESTING THE "STEPPING STONE" THEORY
A. Growth in CLEC Lines
B. Cable Telephony: The Dog That Didn't Bark.
IV. INVESTMENT AND NETWORK SHARING...
II. JUDICIAL CONSTRUCTION OF SECTION 202(h)
I. INTRODUCTION This is a story about a reasonably obscure provision of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 ("I 996 Act"), and about the story behind the story. Sadly,...
In an annual ritual that rivals the swallows' return to Capistrano in regularity, if not longevity, February in Washington is heralded by a flock of commentary on why the Telecommunications Act of 1996 ("1996 Act") is not living up to expectations....
Approximately every two years, on average, Congress makes significant changes in the nation's rule of law governing the communications and media industries. Sometimes the changes express direct commands, but more often than not, the new laws express...
II. THE 1996 ACT: A NEW HOPE
III. REFORM BUT WITH CAUTION
I. INTRODUCTION Without a doubt, the Telecommunications Act of 1996 ("1996 Act") has been a triumph for the cable industry and consumers, ushering in a...
Like all legislation, the Telecommunications Act of 1996 ("1996 Act") was justified on the basis of the public interest. And as in many legislative processes, the public interest was interpreted by each stakeholder group as coterminous with its own,...
II. BY THE NUMBERS: FEEBLE COMPETITION
III. THE FUTURE
I. INTRODUCTION The Telecommunications Act of 1996 ("1996 Act") replaced the regulatory framework of a monopoly era with a radical deregulatory approach...
It'll be 10-to-1 in our favor. I would say that by 2000, we'll have 50 percent of the cable TV business--no doubt about it, which is why some cable companies are in a panic. Meanwhile, the cable companies won't have even 3 percent of telephony revenues...
Whether intentional or not, the 1996 Telecommunications Act ("1996 Act") was transitional legislation, focused largely on the constituencies that battled before Congress at the time of its passage, with compromises to address historic realities. Many...
II. LICENSE RENEWALS
III. LOCAL OWNERSHIP
IV. NATIONAL OWNERSHIP
V. IMPACT AND OUTLOOK
I. INTRODUCTION While the Telecommunications Act of 1996 ("1996 Act") focused largely on updating common carrier policy, several provisions...
When the Mayor of Philadelphia announced his plan to provide municipally sponsored Wi-Fi Internet access, Verizon, the incumbent telecommunications service provider organized lobbyists to block the plan. The compromise eventually struck between Pennsylvania...