Good morning, everybody. I am Tony Gambardella with the firm of Woods, Rogers & Hazelgrove in Richmond--formerly with the State Corporation Commission. We started yesterday's discussion with the promise of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The main promise was, as of February 8, 1996, Congress had deregulated the telecommunications industry. The problem with the promise is that Congress retained some regulation within the industry. We have regulation at the federal level. We have a huge state role and this morning we are going to add another level--local government. Local governments have a role under the Act. There is some dispute now about what the role is and how big it is or how small it is. We have a panel this morning that will discuss those issues and I hope they will give you a good feel for where that controversy is and how it might be resolved.
Anthony Gambardella, Dana G. Coltrin, Timothy M. Kaine & David W. Ogburn Jr.,
Local Franchising: What Role Will Localities Play in the Regulations of the Telecommunications Industry? Will They Become Providers of Telecommunications Service to the Public?,
Rich. J.L. & Tech
Available at: http://scholarship.richmond.edu/jolt/vol4/iss1/6