Telecommunications Act: Competition, Innovation, And Reform
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Overview: In 1996, Congress enacted comprehensive reform of the nations statutory and regulatory framework for telecommunications by passing the Telecommunications Act, which substantially amended the 1934 Communications Act. The act created distinct regulatory regimes for these service-specific telephone networks and cable networks that included provisions intended to foster competition from new entrants that used network architectures and technologies similar to those of the incumbents. But the deployment of digital technologies in these previously distinct networks has led to market convergence and ""Intermodal"" competition, as telephone, cable, and even wireless networks increasingly are able to offer voice, data, and video services over a single broadband platform.