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Telecommunications law pertains to the systems of electronic communications and broadcasting across the United States. This area is heavily regulated by federal law and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Telecommunications law received a major overhaul in 1996 with the introduction of the Telecommunications Act. The Act replaced the prior Communications Act which had been in effect for more than 60 years. It was the first time that the Internet was included in broadcasting and spectrum allotment, provided for media cross-ownership, and to allow for broader competition of any communications business against another through deregulation of the converging broadcasting and telecommunications markets. While the Telecommunications Act was a huge step forward, it left many new questions as technology has developed. The Act could not contemplate the spread of wireless services, VoIP, video conferencing, and satellite/cable television services. As a result, a wide array of new and emerging legal issues continue to confront members of the telecommunications industry. For more information on this ever-evolving area of the law, please contact attorney Andy Montroll if you have legal needs in telecommunications.