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Is You Legal Right To A Landline Phone Going Away?

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.
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California city switches to CLEC, halves phone bill

Utilities / Communication : Fierce Telecom (2 years ago)

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

Boosting business services: How the FCC's CLEC decision affects competition

Utilities / Communication : Fierce Telecom (2 years ago)

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

FCC Promotes 100 Mbps for 100M Americans

Technology : GigaOM (5 years ago)

The FCC chairman today outlined a vision for 100 Mbps connections to 100 million homes. But that goal will be easy compared with other aspects of the National Broadband Plan he outlined such as delivering faster universal service, t... Read Post


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