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Tuesday, 13 November 2007 00:53

The Impact of the Telecommunications Act on Business Continuity Plans

Written by  Charlie Barrow, CBCP

On February 8, 1996 the Telecommunications Act of 1996 was signed into law, providing the first major overhaul of telecommunications legislation in over 60 years. The law addresses a wide range of communications segments including local and long-distance telephone service, equipment manufacturing, electronic publishing, cable television and broadcast entertainment. Under Section 707 of the Telcom Act there is a 'Telecommunications Development Fund' that is created to provide loans and advice to companies with less than $50 million in annual revenues to encourage new companies wanting to enter the telecommunication business. While the intent of the legislation is to quickly bring new telecommunication services and higher quality at a lower cost to the consumer, there are pitfalls that business continuity planners need to be aware of. Although we have seen only limited actual service offerings in the local exchange market, there has been a mad rush to file with state Public Utility