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Telecommunications Industry: A Research Guide

Laws & Regulations

U.S. Capitol building, Washington D.C. [between 1980 and 2006]. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

In the United States, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulates all interstate telecommunications providers, including radio and television broadcasters, cable providers, internet service providers (ISPs), wireless providers, and satellite providers.

State and local public utility authorities generally license and regulate cable companies and intrastate wired communications providers. You can search state government websites for pertinent information.

Additional resources, including some of the selected print resources listed below, are available at the Law Library of Congress.

Federal Legislation & Regulations

The websites below link to the full text of the legislation and additional contextual information. 

Selected Books

The following materials link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to online resources are included when available. E-books versions may be available onsite at the Library of Congress via the Library's STACKS database, accessible on dedicated computers in the reading rooms, or e-book subscription databases.

Some of these resource are held by the Law Library of Congress. Please see the Item Availability section of the catalog record to determine where the resource is available.

Internet Resources

The following links are to government agencies responsible for regulating the telecommunications industry, along with government resources for conducting further research. 

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