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The Federal Telecommunications Act of 1996 has eliminated local telephone company monopolies and opened the way for competition. By the end of 1996, at least fifteen companies will be competing statewide for local service.
American consumers will face higher costs for local telephone service in the wake of the AT&T break-up and deregulation. This special section is the first of two parts, offering an examination of these developments and their possible consequences to consumers in North Carolina. Also discussed are procedures for making long-distance calls, rural consumers, and the costs of purchasing home telephones.
This special section is the second of two parts, exploring how North Carolinians will be affected by the fallout from the AT&T break-up and telephone industry deregulation. Among the recent changes are telephone company revenues, access charges, and billing for individual local calls.