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DSL Advances by Peter J. Silverman, John M. Cioffi, Massimo Sorbara, Thomas Starr

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10.1. Spectrum Management Background

The goal of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 was to let anyone enter any communications business and to let any communications business compete with any other communications business. This reform would affect telephone service, as we know it, namely, local and long distance service, cable programming and other video services, broadcast services, and services provided to schools.

Title I of the 1996 Telecom Act has attempted to stimulate increased competition in the provisioning of telecommunications services by opening access to the local exchange and in turn allowing the local exchange carriers (or regional Bell operating companies) to provide manufacturing and long distance service. In exchange for entering ...

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