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Acts of Congress

Telecommunications Act of 1996
The 1996 Act was passed in order "to promote competition and reduce regulation in order to secure lower prices and higher quality services for American telecommunications consumers and encourage the rapid deployment of new telecommunications technologies."
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View Section 251 (Interconnection Provisions)
View Section 253 (Barriers to Entry Provisions)
View Section 254 (Universal Service Provisions)
View Section 271 (Bell Operating Company Entry Into Local Markets Provisions)
View Section 272 (Separate Affiliate Provisions)

Communications Act of 1934
The 1934 Act was passed in order "to provide for the regulation of interstate and foreign communication by wire or radio, and for other purposes." It also created the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
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