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Communications Act of 1995: H.R. 1555 & S. 652
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
The FCC's official page dedicated to the Telecommunications Act of 1996


The History of the Telecommunications Act of 1996
A fairly extensive site provided by the Alliance for Competitive Communications, The United States Telephone Association. Includes statements by various legislators and related proposed legislation, information on implementation, links to various reports and studies.


S.652 Telecommunications Act of 1996
Enrolled Bill (Sent to President) You should enter the query term "Telecommunications Act of 1996" and click on "Only enrolled bills sent to the President" or search on "h.r. 1555" whicb brings back not only the text but links to remarks in Congressional Record, the House Committee Report 204, and the Bill Summary & Status file. Searching on "S.652" returns links to five different versions .


The Communications Decency Act (included in the Telecomunications Act of 1996)
Background materials provided by the Electronic Privacy Information Center.


S.1567, a bill "To amend the Communications Act of 1934
to repeal the amendments relating to obscene and harassing use of telecommunications facilities made by the Communications Decency Act of 1995." introduced 2/7/96 by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Russell Feingold (D-WI)


Update on Telecommunications Legislation
Pepper and Corazzini law firm synopsis of the passed bill.


Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)
Internet Censorship page contains information about the American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit to challenge the bill as passed.


Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR)
CSPR has released a "plain English" analysis of upcoming telecommunication regulations and their potential impact on the contents, use, and growth of the Internet.


ACLU Cyber-Liberties Page
Includes text of ACLU et. al. v. Reno and information on how to contact the Attorney General's office.


The Benton Foundation
The Benton Foundation "organized the 'Public Interest Summit,' a national forum for Administration officials and 700 pubblic interest leaders to address the social, economic, and political impacts of the [National Information Infrastructure]." This is their analysis of H.R. 1555


Ralph Nader and the Consumer Project on Technology
Ralph Nader, James Love and Andrew Saindon, July 15, 1995 letter on Federal Telecommunications Legislation - Impact on Media Concentration.


LDDS WorldCom opposing viewpoint
LDDS Worldcom, one of the four largest long-distance companies in the U.S., expressed strong opposition today to the latest version of telecommunications legislation moving through Congress.


Electronic Freedom Foundation's Blue Ribbon Campaign for Online Free Speech


Telecommunications Glossary - Benton Foundation


Communications Decency Act of 1996 Discussion Group (Listserv - CDA96-L)

Weekly Bookmark special edition on the Communications Decency Act

Some repetition of what is on this page, but many other links as well.


"Black Thursday Machine"
The "Black Thursday Machine" invites Internet surfers who visit the site to type in the address of their favourite Web page, to see what it might look like if a Canadian version of the new and controversial American "Communications Decency Act" were put into effect.


The Virtual Institute Monitoring & Commentary Site: Telecommunications Act of 1966
The goal of this resource is to provide information and analysis regarding the Federal Communication Commissions' role in implementing the Telecommunications Act of 1996. This will provide links to both official FCC documents as well as to other research in the field.


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