Commentary: Telecom: Congress Should Reform Its Reform

As the anniversary of the 1996 Telecommunications Act approaches, it's becoming painfully obvious that Congress needs to take another look at the historic legislation. Despite the law's attempt to bring about a sweeping revamp of the U.S. communications industry by removing old regulations, it has yet to deliver its vaunted benefits to consumers. For many types of service, such as local calling and cable, most businesses and consumers still cannot choose among numerous competitors. Nor are prices dropping rapidly.

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