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Essential Guide to Telecommunications, The, Third Edition by Annabel Z. Dodd

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Post Telecommunications Act of 1996 Developments

Implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 was initially hampered by RBOC legal challenges. Disagreements over pricing, implementation and order placing snafus have further hindered competitors that wished to sell service using incumbents' facilities.

FCC Rulings, Legal Challenges and Progress Toward Deregulation

The Telecommunications Act of 1996 mandated that the very organizations that compete with new entrants, the RBOCs, must also supply connections and services for competitors. The local Bell companies are offered the carrot of entrance into new businesses, out-of-region long distance and manufacturing. Nonetheless, conflicts of interest are inherent in pricing for and arranging ...

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