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

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Impact of the Telecommunications Act of 1996

Regulations play a critical role in the rate of innovation, costs and availability of telecommunications technologies. Carriers recognize this and spend enormous amounts of money on lobbying. In the six months prior to passage of the Telecommunications Act, RBOCs gave $2.3 million to congressional campaign funds and the top three long distance carriers donated $2.1 million. A top executive of Verizon stated publicly that his regulatory staff was more important in his business strategy than his marketing staff.

One of the objectives of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 was to open the lucrative, local telephone service market to competition. According to the United States Telephone Association booklet ...

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