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Telecommunications Technology and Regulation

Telecommunications, Technology and Regulation

9-1-1: THE NEXT GENERATION

911 callStudents under gunfire at Virginia Tech sent frantic text messages to 9-1-1, but they were never received. The tragedy underscored the need to modernize the 9-1-1 system to support new communication tools, including texts, photos, videos and high-speed Internet. This article explains why this complex and costly upgrade is needed.

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VIDEO FRANCHISING LAWS

keyboard on globeStatewide video franchising allows telecommunications companies to offer television service without the need to negotiate individual agreements in every city.  A majority of these statewide video franchise agreements require franchise holders to provide public, education, and government (PEG) channels and offer certain residential subscriber protections. 

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DO NOT CALL

phoneIn response to a growing number of consumer complaints about unsolicited and unwanted marketing calls, Congress restricted the use of automatic dialing and prerecorded voice messages. State legislatures also have enacted do-not-call lists that prohibit commercial calls. This 50-state chart summarizes the state laws.

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2013 BROADBAND ENACTMENTS

High-speed broadband is considered by many to be a fundamental vehicle for new services and applications that are critical to the nation’s economic vitality. State legislative involvement has been an important factor for successful implementation of a variety of broadband projects. Continue

 

OVERVIEW | TELECOMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY AND REGULATION

Telecommunications technologies and the rapid changes they bring have created significant policy challenges for state lawmakers.  NCSL tracks broadband issues, 911, enhanced 911, NG911, consumer issues, wireless communications and other telecommunications issues. 

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