Excerpt from Roll Call, published February 22, 2024

Written by Jeff Carlisle, Aventiv Advisory Board Member

Almost 30 years ago, Congress conducted the first major overhaul of telecommunications law in more than 60 years. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 was intended to empower competition and innovation in local and long-distance telephone service. But only a few years after it was signed, these parts of the law became largely obsolete as consumer use of local and long-distance telephones diminished due to the explosive growth of the internet and wireless networks.