You may not realize it but you have a legal right to have landline phone service at almost any address in the United States. The Goals of Universal Service, as outlined in the FCC Telecommunications Act of 1996 are to: Promote the availability of quality services at just, reasonable and affordable rates for all consumers Increase nationwide access to advanced telecommunications services Advance the availability of such services to all consumers, including those in low income, rural, insular, and high cost areas at rates that are reasonably comparable to those charged in urban areas Increase access to telecommunications and advanced services in schools, libraries and rural health care facilities Provide equitable and non-discriminatory contributions from all providers of telecommunications services to the fund supporting universal service programs Universal Service goes way back to 1913 when AT&T President Thomas Vail promised "one system, one policy, universal service" in return for maintaining AT&T's (at the time) monopoly.
Redlands, Calif., plans to buy new patrol cars for its police department with money it will save by following the 1996 Telecommunications Act and letting a CLEC seek out the lowest prices for phone services every month. Redlands ant... Read Post
On Monday, the Federal Communications Commission approved a request to grant cable operators limited forbearance from Section 652(b) of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, freeing MSOs like Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC), Comcast (Na... Read Post