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Telecommunications Act of 1996

The Telecommunications Act of 1996 is the first major overhaul of telecommunications law in almost 62 years. The goal of this new law is to let anyone enter any communications business -- to let any communications business compete in any market against any other.

The Telecommunications Act of 1996 has the potential to change the way we work, live and learn. It will affect telephone service -- local and long distance, cable programming and other video services, broadcast services and services provided to schools.

The Federal Communications Commission has a tremendous role to play in creating fair rules for this new era of competition. At this Internet site, we will provide information about the FCC's role in implementing this new law, how you can get involved and how these changes might impact you.

This page will include information listing the proceedings the FCC will complete to open up local phone markets, increase competition in long distance and other steps. You will find copies of news releases summarizing action, announcements of meetings where these items will be discussed, and charts describing the work ahead of us and where (within the FCC) and when it will be completed. Please note: some of the links on this page lead to resources outside the FCC. The presence of these links should not be taken as an endorsement by the FCC of these sites or their content.

For more information about the referenced documents, contact the person listed on the document.

Please let us know what topics most interest you or where you have questions about this new law. We will soon begin to post a series of Questions & Answers with Commission officials designed to answer your questions.


Text of the Act

The FCC maintains ASCII Text and Adobe Acrobat versions (128 pages) of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, as well as WordPerfect and Adobe Acrobat versions (335 pages) of the completely updated Communications Act of 1934, as amended by the 1996 Act. The official citation for the new Act is: Telecommunications Act of 1996, Pub. LA. No. 104-104, 110 Stat. 56 (1996). The official printed slip law is available from the Government Printing Office.


Materials from the FCC
  • Revised schedule of proceedings to implement the Act. This implementation schedule is an outline of statutory requirements pursuant to the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and is a guide to the actions taken by the FCC to implement the Act. The schedule is divided into five sections. The first section identifies the specific issues and the bureau handling those issues. The second section contains the statutory language and page references to S. Rept. 230, 104th Cong. 2nd Sess. (1996). The third section identifies the FCC proceeding to implement the statutory requirement including the bureau docket number and the FCC number of the documents released related to the proceeding. The fourth and fifth sections contain information regarding the timetable and status of the proceeding. (Revised January 13, 1997)

  • The Report on FCC Implementation of Telecommunications Act of 1996 is a cumulative report of all actions taken since February 8, 1996, by the FCC to implement the Act. This report has two sections: (1) Commission Actions and (2) Facilitating Public Information.

  • Transcript of Proceedings from the FCC Telemedical Advisory Committee meeting on September 17, 1996 [ Text Version | WordPerfect Version ].

  • Transcript of Proceedings from the FCC Telemedical Advisory Committee meeting on July 11, 1996 [ Text Version | WordPerfect Version ].

  • Chairman Hundt's Statement and related Report on the FCC Implementation of the Telecommunications Act presented to the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and Finance, Committee on Commerce of the U.S. House of Representatives on July 18, 1996.

  • Transcript of Proceedings from the FCC Telemedical Advisory Committee meeting on June 12, 1996 [ Text Version | WordPerfect Version ].

  • Telecommunications and Health Care Advisory Committee Members Announced
    (Released 6-5-96)

  • Nominations Accepted for the Telecommunications and Health Care Advisory Committee to Assist Implementation of the Telecommunications Act. (Released 4-25-96)

  • Chairman Hundt Announces Appointment of Solomon Trujillo as Interim Chairman of the Telecommunications Development Fund

  • Telecommunications Development Fund Request for Board of Directors Nominations

  • Suggestions solicited for improving FCC services and procedures

  • Improving Commission Processes, Notice of Inquiry, (PP Docket No. 96-17)
    [ Text Version | Wordperfect Version ]

  • Statements by FCC Chairman Hundt and Commissioners Quello, Barrett, Ness, and Chong praising passage of the Act. (February 8, 1996)

  • 21 FCC Proposals to "Reinvent" the Agency, Adopted By the Act. (February 8, 1996)


FCC Proceedings to Implement the Act

Cable Services Bureau

  • Order in the Matter of Implementation of Section 703(e) of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Amendment of the Commission's Rules and Policies Governing Pole Attachments (CS Docket No. 97-151, FCC 98-20) (February 6, 1998). [ Text Version | Wordperfect Version ]

  • Notice of Proposed Rule Making in the Matter of Implementation of Section 703(e) of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Amendment of the Commission's Rules and Policies Governing Pole Attachments (CS Docket No. 97-151, FCC 97-234) (August 12, 1997) [ Text Version | WordPerfect Version ]

  • Notice of Proposed Rule Making in the Matter of Amendment of Rules and Policies Governing Pole Attachments (CS Docket No. 97-98, FCC 97-94) (March 14, 1997) [ Text Version | WordPerfect Version ]

  • In the Matter of Implementation of Section 305 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 NPRM on Closed Captioning and Video Description of Video Programming, Video Programming Accessibility (MM Docket No. 95-176) (January 17, 1997)(Comment Date: February 28, 1997, Reply Comment Date: March 24, 1997)
    [ News Releases | Text Version | Wordperfect Version ]

  • Order in matter of Implementation of Section 703 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Amendments and Additions to the Commissions Rules Governing Pole Attachments (CS Docket No. 96-166) (August 6, 1996)
    [ News Releases | Text Version | Wordperfect Version ]

  • Report & Order, Memorandum & Opinion & Order, and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the matter of Preemption of Local Zoning Regulation of Satellite Earth Stations; Implementation of Section 207 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, restrictions on Over-the Air Reception Devices: Television Broadcast Service & Multichannel Multipoint Distribution Service (IB Docket 95-59, CS Docket No. 96-83) (August 6, 1996)
    [ Text Version | Wordperfect Version ]

  • First Order on Reconsideration in the matter of Implementation of Section 302 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Open Video Systems (CS Docket No. 96-46) (July 23, 1996)
    [ Text Version | Wordperfect Version ]

  • Report & Order on Implementation of Section 301(j) of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Aggregation of Equipment Costs By Cable Operators (CS Docket No. 96-57) (June 7, 1996)
    [ Text Version | Wordperfect Version ]

  • Order on Implementation of Section 302 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Open Video Systems (CS Docket No. 96-46) (June 7, 1996)
    [ Text Version | Wordperfect Version ]

  • Second Report & Order on Implementation of Section 302 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Open Video Systems (CS Docket No. 96-46) (June 3, 1996)
    [ Text Version | Wordperfect Version ]

  • Order on Implementation of Section 301(d) of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Definition of Markets for purposes of the Cable Television Mandatory Television Broadcast Signal Carriage Rules (CS Docket No. 95-178) (May 24, 1996)
    [ Text Version | Wordperfect Version ]

  • Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Implementation of Sections 207 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Restrictions on Over-the-Air Reception Devices: Television Broadcast And MultiChannel Multipoint distribution Service.
    (CS Docket No. 96-83) (April 4, 1996)
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  • Order on Implementation of Sections 202(f), 202(i) and 301(i) of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Cable Television Antitrafficking, Network Television, and MMDS/SMATV Cross ownership Rules (CS Docket No. 96-56)
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  • Commission will not enforce or implement section 505 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 "Scrambling of Sexually Explicit Adult Video Service Programming" as result of court order.
    [ Public Notice ]

  • Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Implement Section 302 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 Open Video Systems, Telephone Company-Cable Television Cross Ownership Rules
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  • Implementation of Section 505 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Scrambling of Explicit Adult Video Service Programming (CS Docket No. 96-40)
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  • Extension of the comment period for the Notice of Inquiry on closed captioning and video description, so that parties have an opportunity to comment on the Telecom Act provisions affecting these issues. (February 27, 1996)
    [ Text Version | WordPerfect Version ]

  • Order extending time for cable operators to file their annual equipment forms, because Telecom Act permits cable operators to aggregate equipment costs, and requires the FCC to modify its rules and forms within 120 days of enactment. (February 27, 1996)
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Common Carrier Bureau

  • CRANDALL DECLARATION. The United States Telecom Association (USTA) filed reply comments as requested by the Commission's Public Notice in CC Docket No. 96-98 inviting comment on issues raised in conjunction with the use of unbundled network elements to provide exchange access service.(May 14, 2001) [ Text | Word97 ]

  • NEWS RELEASE. Commission Limits Competitive Local Phone Carriers Ability to File Tariffs, (April 27, 2001 )

  • ORDER ON REMAND AND REPORT AND ORDER. Proper treatment for purposes of intercarrier compensation of telecommunications traffic delivered to Internet service providers (ISPs), (April 27, 2001 ) [ Text | Word97 | Acrobat]

  • UNBUNDLED NETWORK ELEMENTS. Motion granted for extension of time for filing comments and reply comments, (April 23, 2001 ) [ Text | Word97 ]

  • PLEADING CYCLE ESTABLISHED FOR COMMENTS ON JOINT PETITION OF BELLSOUTH, SBC AND VERIZON. Joint Petition asking the Commission to find that high-capacity loops and dedicated transport should not be subject to mandatory unbundling, (April 10, 2001 ) [ Text | Word97 ]

  • MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER. The State Of New York Department of Public Service Request for the Release of a New Area Code to Provide Relief for the 716 Numbering Plan Area, (March 20, 2001 ) [ Text | Word97 ]

  • NUMBERING RESOURCE OPTIMIZATION. Petitions for additional delegated authority to implement numbering resource optimization strategies, (March 14, 2001 ) [ Text | Word97 ]

  • ORDER CLARIFICATION. Deployment of Wireline Services Offering Advanced Telecommunications Capability, (February 23, 2001 ) [ Text | Word97 ]

  • NUMBERING RESOURCE OPTIMIZATION. Petitions for Expedited Decision for Additional Delegated Authority to Implement Numbering Conservation Measures, (February 14, 2001 )1 [ Text | Word97 ]

  • DEPLOYMENT OF WIRELINE SERVICES OFFERING ADVANCED TELECOMMUNICATIONS CAPABILITY. (January 19, 2001 ) [ Text | Word97 | Acrobat ]

  • NUMBERING RESOURCE OPTIMIZATION. Petition for Declaratory Ruling and Request For Expedited Action on the July 15, 1997 Order of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission Regarding Area Codes 412, 610, 215, and 717, (December 29, 2000 ), [ Text | Word97 ]

  • UNE COMBINATIONS. Comments requested on Worldcom petition for waiver of the supplemental order clarification, (September 18, 2000 ) [ Text | Word97 ]

  • DEPLOYMENT OF WIRELINE SERVICES OFFERING ADVANCED TELECOMMUNICATIONS CAPABILITY, (August 10, 2000 ), [ Text | Word97 ]

  • RELIEF FOR THE 716 NUMBERING PLAN AREA, Common Carrier Bureau seeks comment on the request of the State of New York Department of Public Service (NYDPS) for the release of a new area code, (August 9, 2000 ) [ Text | Word97 ]

  • NEWS RELEASE. FCC issues report on the availability of high-speed and advanced telecommunications services, (August 3, 2000 )

  • NEWS RELEASE. FCC mandates nationwide implementation of 711 access to telecommunications relay services (TRS), (July 21, 2000 )

  • NEWS RELEASE. FCC revises telecommunications relay service rules to improve access to telephone service for people with hearing and speech disabilities, (February 17, 2000 )

  • NEWS RELEASE. FCC issues inquiry for its second report on advanced telecommunications capability, (February 17, 2000 )

  • NUMBERING RESOURCE OPTIMIZATION. Petitions for additional delegated authority to implement numbering resource optimization strategies filed by state utility regulatory commissions. (July 20, 2000 ) [ Text | Word97 ]

  • ORDER ON RECONSIDERATION. Deaveraged Rate Zones for Unbundled Network Elements, (April 6, 2000 ), [ Text | Word97 ]

  • ORDER. Deployment of Wireline Services Offering Advanced Telecommunications Capability, (December 9, 1999 ) [ Text | Word97 ]

  • ORDER. Response to the Supreme Court's January 1999 decision that directs us to reevaluate the unbundling obligations of section 251 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (1996 Act). (November 8, 1999 ) [ Text | Word97 | Acrobat]

  • NEWS RELEASE. FCC releases rules that will give people with disabilities more access to telecommunications, (September 29, 1999 )

  • NEWS RELEASE. FCC promotes local telecommunications competition, (September 15, 1999 )

  • PUBLIC NOTICE. Common Carrier Bureau reminds all common carriers of their obligation to provide access to their telecommunications services via telecommunications relay services, (September 15, 1999 )

  • ACCOUNTING SAFEGUARDS. Amended Report and Order in proceeding in the matter of accounting safeguards under the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Dkt No.: CC- 96-150. by Errata. (DA No. 97-366). (February 19, 1997)
    [ Text Version | WordPerfect Version ]

  • Implementation Of Non-accounting Safeguards. Made minor modifications to First R&O released December 24, 1996. Dkt No.: CC-96-149. Action by the Commission. by Order on Recon. (FCC No. 97-52). (February 19, 1997)
    [ Text Version | WordPerfect Version ]

  • Report & Order Implements Infrastructure Sharing Provision Of The Telecommunications Act Of 1996. Dkt No.: CC-96-237. Adopted: February 6, 1997. (FCC No. 97-36). (February 07, 1997)
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  • 1st R&O & NPRM Implements Telemessaging And Electronic Publishing Provisions Of The Telecommunications Act of1996. Dkt No.: CC-96-152. Action by the Commission. Adopted: February 6, 1997. by . (FCC No. 97-35). (February 07, 1997)
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  • Report & Order in the Matter of Implementation of Sec. 402(b)(1)(A) of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, LEC TARIFF STREAMLINING. (Dkt No.: CC- 96-187)(January 31, 1997) [ News Release | Text Version | WordPerfect Version ]

  • Notice of Proposed Rulemaking In the Matter of Implementation of Section 402(b)(2)(A) of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (CC Docket No. 97-11) (January 13, 1997)(Comments due February 24, 1997, Reply Comments due March 17, 1997)
    [ News Releases | Text Version | WordPerfect Version ]

  • Notice Of Proposed Rulemaking And Notice Of Inquiry In the Matter of Changes to the Board of Directors of the National Exchange Carrier Association, Inc. (CC Docket No. 97-21) (Released: January 10, 1997), (NPRM Comment Date: January 27, 1997, NPRM Reply Date: February 3, 1997) (NOI Comment Date: March 3, 1997, NOI Reply Date: April 3, 1997)
    [ News Releases | Text Version | WordPerfect Version ]

  • Commission Staff Releases Analysis Of Forward-looking Economic Cost Proxy Models (DA 97-56) (Released January 9, 1997)(Comment Date: February 3, 1997, Reply Comment Date: February 14, 1997) [ News Releases ]

  • Notice of Inquiry In the Matter of Telecommunications Relay Services, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (CC Docket No. 90-571) (January 14, 1997)
    (Comments due March 17,1997, Reply Comments due April 21, 1997)
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  • Comments Requested On Application By Ameritech Michigan For Authorization Under Section 271 Of The Communications Act To Provide In-region, Interlata Service In The State Of Michigan (CC Docket No. 97-1) [ Public Notice ]

  • Order In the Matter of Implementation of the Local Competition Provisions, Interconnection between Local Exchange Carriers and CMRS Providers, in the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (CC Docket No. 96-98, 95-185) (December 19, 1996)
    [ Text Version | WordPerfect Version ]

  • Notice of Proposed Rulemaking In the Matter of Implementation of of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Amendment of rules Governing Procedures to be followed when Formal Complaints are Filed Against Common Carriers (CC Docket No. 96-238) (November 27, 1996)
    (Comments due January 6,1997, Reply Comments due January 31, 1997)
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  • Order on Reconsideration In the Matter of Implementation of the Pay Telephone Reclassification and Compensation Provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Policies and Rules Concerning Operator Service Access and Pay Telephone Compensation; Petition of the Public Telephone Council to Treat Bell Operating Company Payphones as Customer Premises Equipment ; Petition of Oncor Communications Requesting Compensation for Competitive Payphone Premises Owners and Presubscribed Operator Services Providers, Petition of the California Payphone Association to Amend and Clarify Section 68.2(a)of the Commission's Rules, Amendment of Section 69.2(m) and (ee) of the Commission's Rules to Include Independent Public Payphones Within the "Public Telephone" Exemption from End User Common Line Access Charges (November 8, 1996) (CC Docket No. 96-128, CC Docket. No. 91-35)
    [ News Release | Text Version | WordPerfect Version ]

  • Order In the Matter of Implementation of the Local Competition Provisions in the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Interconnection between Local Exchange Carriers and Commercial Mobile Radio Service Providers (November 6, 1996) (CC Docket No. 96-98, CC Docket No. 95-185)
    [ Text Version | WordPerfect Version ]

  • Order In the Matter of Implementation of the Local Competition Provisions in the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Interconnection between Local Exchange Carriers and Commercial Mobile Radio Service Providers (October 25, 1996) (CC Docket No. 96-98, CC Docket No. 95-185)
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  • Order on Reconsideration In the Matter of Implementation of the Local Competition Provisions in the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Interconnection between Local Exchange Carriers and Commercial Mobile Radio Service Providers (September 27, 1996) (CC Docket No. 96-98, CC Docket No. 95-185)
    [ Text Version | WordPerfect Version ]

  • Report & Order on the Matter of Implementation of the Pay Telephone Reclassification and Compensation Provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Policies and Rules Concerning Operator Service Access and Pay Telephone Compensation; Petition of the Public Telephone Council to Treat Bell Operating Company Payphones as Customer Premises Equipment ; Petition of Oncor Communications Requesting Compensation for Competitive Payphone Premises Owners and Presubscribed Operator Services Providers, Petition of the California Payphone Association to Amend and Clarify Section 68.2(a)of the Commission's Rules, Amendment of Section 69.2(m) and (ee) of the Commission's Rules to Include Independent Public Payphones Within the "Public Telephone" Exemption from End User Common Line Access Charges (September 20, 1996) (CC Docket No. 96-128, CC Docket. No. 91-35)
    [ News Release | Text Version | WordPerfect Version ]

  • Order In the Matter of Implementation of the Local Competition Provisions in the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Interconnection between Local Exchange Carriers and Commercial Mobile Radio Service Providers (September 17, 1996) (CC Docket No. 96-98, CC Docket No. 95-185)
    [ Text Version | WordPerfect Version ]

  • Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking In the Matter of Implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 Reform of Filing Requirements and Carrier Classifications, Anchorage Telephone Utility, Petition for Withdrawal of Cost Allocation Manual(CC Docket No. 96-193, AAD 95-91) (September 12, 1996)
    (Comments due October 15, 1996, Reply Comments due November 5, 1996)
    [ Text Version | WordPerfect Version ]

  • Notice of Proposed Rulemaking In the Matter of Implementation of Section 402(b)(1)(A) of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (CC Docket No. 96-187) (September 6, 1996)
    (Comments due October 9,1996, Reply Comments due October 24, 1996)
    [ Text Version | WordPerfect Version ]

  • Errata on the First Report & Order In the Matter of Implementation of the Local Competition Provisions in the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Interconnection between Local Exchange Carriers and Commercial Mobile Radio Service Providers (August 19, 1996) (CC Docket No. 96-98, CC Docket No. 95-185)
    [ Text Version | WordPerfect Version ]

  • Report & Order In the Matter of Implementation of the Local Competition Provisions in the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Telecommunications Carrier's Use of Customer Proprietary Network Information; Use of Data Regarding Alarm Monitoring Service Providers (August 7, 1996) (CC Docket No. 96-115)
    [ Text Version | WordPerfect Version ]

  • Notice of Proposed Rulemaking In the Matter of Implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Allocation of Costs Associated with Local Exchange Carrier Provision of Video Programming Services. (May 10, 1996) (CC Docket No. 96-112)
    (Comments due May 28,1996, Reply Comments due June 7, 1996)
    [ Text Version | WordPerfect Version ]

  • The Recommended Decision of the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service, and all related documents and statements can now be accessed from the FCC's new Universal Service Home Page.

  • The Local Competition Order and all related documents can now be accessed from the FCC's new Local Competition Home Page.

  • News Release from the FCC Open Meeting on actions taken to implement the Local Competition Provisions of the Telecommunications Act. (CC Docket No. 96-98, sections 251 & 252)

  • Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to implement Telemessaging, Electronic Publishing, and Alarm Monitoring Services (CC Docket No. 96-152) (Comments due September 4, 1996, Reply Comments due September 20, 1996)
    [ Text Version | WordPerfect Version ]

  • Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to implement Accounting Safeguards Under the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (CC Docket No. 96-150)
    (Comments due August 26, 1996, Reply Comments due September 10, 1996)
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  • Comments and Reply Comments to the NPRM Establishing a Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service (CC Dkt 96-45).

  • Telecommunications Carriers' Use of Customer Proprietary Network Information and Other Customer Informations. (CC Docket No. 96-115)
    (Comments due June 11, 1996, Reply Comments due June 26, 1996)
    [ Text Version | WordPerfect Version ]

  • Local Competition Provisions in the Telecom Act. DA 96-753(Adopted May 13, 1996)
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  • Implementation of Local Competition Provisions in the Telecom Act of 1996.
    (CC Docket No. 96-98) (Released May 7, 1996)
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  • Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Allocation of Costs Associated with Local Exchange Carrier Provision of Video Programming Services. (Comments due May 28)

  • Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Implementation of Local Competition Provisions in the Telecommunications Act of 1996, (CC Docket No. 96-98) (April 19, 1996)
    [ Text Version | WordPerfect Version ]

  • Order extending by four calendar days filing deadlines in response to NPRM FCC 96-93 - Establishing a Joint Board on Universal Services. (CC Docket No. 96-45) (April 1, 1996)
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  • Commission establishes joint board and initiates Rulemaking for consideration of universal service, (CC DOCKET 96-45)
    [ News Release | Text Version | WordPerfect Version ]

  • Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on BOC provision of out-of-region, interstate, interexchange services, (CC Docket No. 96-21) (February 14, 1996)
    [ News Release | Text Version | WordPerfect Version ]

  • Dismissal of 19 pending Section 214 applications filed by carriers planning to provide video programming. (February 16, 1996)
    14 - Applicants (da96-200) [ News Release | Text Version | WordPerfect Version ]
    05 - Applicants (da96-201) [ News Release | Text Version | WordPerfect Version ]

  • Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing to eliminate 13 common carrier reporting requirements, and reduce the frequency of 6 other reports.(February 26, 1996)

  • Chairman Reed Hundt Announces Intention to Appoint Himself, Commissioners Barrett and Ness to Joint Board on Universal Service

  • Commission Proposes to Eliminate or Reduce Common Carrier Reporting Requirements [News Release ]

  • Common Carrier Bureau Announces Reorganization Keeney Says "Team CCB Ready for Telecom Law"


Compliance and Information Bureau

  • Commission Proposes Amendments to Rules Concerning the Inspection of Radio Installations on Large Cargo and Small Passenger Ships. FCC 96-194(April 26, 1996)
    [ a href="http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Compliance/News_Releases/1995/nrci5010.txt"News Release | a href="http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Compliance/Notices/1996/fcc96194.txt"Text Version | a href="http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Compliance/Notices/1996/fcc96194.wp"WordPerfect Version ]


International Bureau

  • Satellite Dish Zoning Preemption Clarified; New Procedures for Enforcement Adopted; Changes Implement Requirements of Telecommunications Act of 1996
    (IB Dockets 95-59, 96-34)
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Mass Media Bureau

  • Report & Order In the Matter of MM Docket No. 96-90 Implementation of Section 203 of The Telecommunications Act of 1996 (Broadcast License Terms) Sections 73.1020 and 74.15 (MM Docket 97-2) (January 24, 1997)
    [ News Release | Text Version | WordPerfect Version ]

  • Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Implementation of Section 203 of Telecommunications Act of 1996, Broadcast License Terms. (MM Docket No. 96-90) (April 12, 1996)
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  • Order on Implementation of Section 204(a) and 204 (c) of Telecommunications Act of 1996, Broadcast License Renewal Procedures. (April 12, 1996)
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  • Commission implements Section 202(c)(1) and 202 (e) of Telecommunications Act of 1996 National Broadcast Television Ownership and Dual Networking Provisions
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  • FCC revises National Multiple Radio Ownership Rule and Local Radio Ownership Rule in accordance with the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
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  • FCC delegates ITFS processing authority to staff thus increasing efficiency and implementing another provision of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
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Office of General Counsel

  • WEBCEL COMMUNICATIONS INC. Granted application for a Determination of Exempt Telecommunications Company Status under Section 34 of the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935, as added by Section 103 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Action by General Counsel. Adopted: February 18, 1997. by Order. (DA No. 97-367)(February 18, 1997).

  • CSWC SOUTHWEST HOLDINGS, INC., CSWC TELECHOICE MANAGEMENT, INC., CSWC TELECHOICE, INC., SOUTHWEST TELECHOICE MANAGEMNT, LLC, CSW/ICG CHOICE COM., L.P. Granted application for Determination of Exempt Telecommunications Company Status under Section 34 of the Public Untitliy Holding Company Act of 1935, as added by Section 103 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Action by General Counsel. Adopted: February 18, 1997. by Order. (DA No. 97-372). (February 18, 1997)

  • FCC Adopts Rules for Dispute Resolution Process: Procedure Will Be Used If Technical Disputes Arise Between nonaccredited Standards Development Organization and Their Funders. (GC Docket No. 96-42)(May 7, 1996)
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  • Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Implement Section 273(d)(5) of the Telecommunications Act of 1934, as amended by the Telecommunications Act of 1996 -- Dispute Resolution Regarding Equipment Standards (GC Docket 96-42)
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Office of Engineering & Technology

  • Report & Order In the Matter of Amendment of the Commission's Rules to Provide for Operation of Unlicensed NII Devices in the 5 GHz Frequency Range (ET Docket No. 96-102, RM-8648, RM-8653) (Released: January 9, 1997)
    [ News Releases | Text Version | WordPerfect Version ]


Wireless Telecommunications Bureau

  • NEWS RELEASE. FCC announces two conferences to enhance telecommunications services in indian country, March 20, 2001.

  • ORDER. Promotion of Competitive Networks in Local Telecommunications Markets [ Text | Word97 | Acrobat ]

  • NEWS RELEASE. FCC acts to foster telecommunications competition and consumer choice in multiple tenant environments, October 12, 2000.

  • NEWS RELEASE. FCC takes steps to promote access to telecommunications on tribal lands, June 8, 2000.

  • Order Amendment of the Commission Rules to conform the Maritime Service Rules to the Provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. (April 12, 1996)
    [ Text Version | WordPerfect Version ]

  • Order Amendment of Part 97 of the Commission Rules, Streamlining Amateur
    Radio Examination Procedures. (February 28, 1996)
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