Libraries and the consumer communications reform act: a managerial perspective
Journal of library automation
Crowder, R Marshall
Copyright (c) 1978 Library Information and Technology Association
Abstract: The communications industry is heavily shaped by decisions of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and its counterpart commissions in the various states. Responding to liberalized regulations that allowed increased competition, AT&T and other independent carriers supported a bill in the last session of Congress called the Consumer Communications Reform Act (CCRA), familiarly known as the "Bell Bill." Although the bill was never acted on, and the focus of congressional attention is now on the Communications Act of 1978, it is important to understand the issues that the bill addressed. This article reviews the history of federal regulation in the communication industry, places the "Bell Bill" in some historical perspective, and relates the significance of activities in the regulatory sphere to the concerns of libraries.