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This is a research and reference guide to the telecommunications industry in the United States, providing an account of legislative and policy changes up until the publication of the work. Contributions by scholars in telecommunications law and policy survey the post-1996 legislative field, giving overviews of the 1996 Act itself, the impact of the legislation on national and international competition, regulation of the industry and the MCI/FCC cases in California, mergers and acquisitions, taxation and FCC reform.
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Acknowledgments Introduction PART I. TELECOMMUNICATIONS LEGISLATION Legislative History of the Communications Act of 1934, Mark J. Becker FCC Preemption After Louisiana PSC, Michael J. Zpevak Telecommunication Legislation: A Computer Industry Perspective, Herbert E. Marks Part A: Summary of the Telecommunication Act of 1996 and Part B: The Federal Communication Commission's Interconnection Rules, Charles A. Hudak and Anne E. Franklin PART II. TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPETITION Local Competition and Universal Service: New Solutions, Old Myths, Jeffrey Blumenfeld and Christy C. Kunin Pricing Principles in Telecommunications. Alexander C. Larson The Computer Inquiry Trilogy, Herbert E. Marks History of the Third Computer Inquiry Decisions and Appeals, Frank W. Krogh and Richard B. Severy Information and Enhanced Services: A Retrospective of Regulated and Unregulated Services and an Examination of Their Treatment After the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Walt Sapronov and Lewis E. Lamb III PART III. TELECOMMUNICATIONS TRANSACTIONS Mergers and Acquisitions in the Information Industries, Warren G. Lavey Negotation and State Public Service Commission Review of Interconnection Agreements, Walt Sapronov and Amy Lin Meyerson Regulatory Issues Raised by the Custom Service Offerings of AT&T and Its Competitors, Ellen G. Block and Henry D. Levine Taxation of Telecommunications, Walter Hellerstein PART IV. REFORM FCC Reform: Governing Requires a New Standard, William H. Read and Ronald Alan Weiner Appendix: Defining the Regulatory Arena: An Annotated Glossary the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Robert J. Butler, Richard P. Keck, and R. Paul Margie Subject Index About the Editors

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