Communications Policy and the Public Interest

The Telecommunications Act of 1996

Patricia A. Aufderheide

January 15, 1999
ISBN 9781572304253
Price: $49.00
323 Pages
Size: 6" x 9"


1. Background

2. The Shaping of the 1996 Act

3. Overview of the Act

4. After the Act

5. The Public Interest beyond the Act

Bibiliographic Resources


Annotated Guide to Analyses of the Act, 1996-1997

Resources for Active Citizens


Government Documents:

A. Abridged Version of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Dean Thomas Krattenmaker

B. Syllabus and Opinion of Supreme Court Opinion No. 95-611, Janet Reno, Attorney General of the United States, et al,. Appellants, v. American Civil Liberties Union et al., June 26, 1997, with concurrence by Justices O'Connor and Rehnquist

Position Papers on Regulation and the Public Interest:

C. Serving the Community: A Public Interest Vision of the National Information Infrastructure (abridged), Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (1993)

D. Seven Public Interest Principles of the Telecommunications Policy Roundtable (1993)

E. Cyberspace and the American Dream: A Magna Carta for the Knowledge Age, The Progress and Freedom Foundation (1994)

F. Technorealism: An Overview, D. Bennahum, B. Biggs, P. Borsook, M. Bowe, S. Garfinkel, S. Johnson, D. Rushkoff, A. Shapiro, D. Shenk, S. Silberman, M. Stahlman, and S. Syman (1997)

G. Why Government Is the Solution, and Not the Problem, Gigi Sohn, Executive Director, Media Access Project (1997)

H. Interview with an Umpire, Michael Katz (1995)

FCC Speeches:

I. The Hard Road Ahead: An Agenda for the FCC in 1997, Chairman Reed Hundt, Federal Communications Commission

J. The Light at the End of the Tunnel vs. the Fog: Deregulation vs. the Legal Culture, Chairman Reed Hundt, Federal Communications Commission (1997)

K. Remarks by William Kennard, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission, to the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (1998)