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Telecommunications Act 1996
The Telecommunications Act of 1996 is the first major overhaul of telecommunications law in almost 62 years. The goal of this new law is to let anyone enter any communications business -- to let any communications business compete in any market against any other. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 has the potential to change the way we work, live and learn. It will affect telephone service -- local and long distance, cable programming and other video services, broadcast services and services provided to schools.

The Federal Communications Commission has a tremendous role to play in creating fair rules for this new era of competition. At this Internet site, we will provide information about the FCC's role in implementing this new law, how you can get involved and how these changes might impact you.

Television has been expanding daily over the years. From the black and white, to HDTV. We are the public and we rely on mediums such as the newspaper, radio, and magazines to provide us with our daily dose of knowledge. But the one source we run to provide not only information and entertainment but visuals is television. Also Staley 2

Known as the "Idiot Box" households have been invaded by these boxes, capturing audiences of all ages. The beginning was quite simple, then it grew into a major asset to our lives and with new inventions including television add-ons the future can only become a million times better. During that time President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore wanted to ensure that all Americans have access to the benefits of the information superhighway. The Act ensured that schools, libraries, hospitals and clinics have access to advanced telecommunications services, and calls for them to be connected to the information superhighway by the year 2000. It will help connect every school child in every classroom in America to the information superhighway -- opening up worlds of knowledge and opportunities in...
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