Telecommunications Act

The Telecommunications Act of 1996 (TCA) was a major overhaul of the Communications Act of 1934. The TCA was designed to usher in competition to telephony and cable by breaking down the cross-entry barriers put in place by the Communications Act of 1934.

The goals of the TCA were to produce more competition for the telephone market for both local and long-distance service, provide a greater diversity of viewpoints, increase jobs for the economy, and initiate lower prices for consumers. Firms that served the competitive local markets were allowed to enter the long-distance market. In addition, the act attempted to implement a single layer of regulation at the federal level; however, some state and local regulations would continue to exist for many years.

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