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February 8, 2016 marks the 20th Anniversary of the signing of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Senator Markey is the chief co-author of this legislation that helped unleash innovation, investment and competition.

The 1996 Telecommunications Act  also created the E-Rate program which has delivered more than $35 billion in funding to connect schools and libraries to the Internet to ensure access for low-income students and families, including over $500 million in Massachusetts. 

On this day in 1996 President Bill Clinton signed the Telecommunications Act into law using an electronic pen. This...

Posted by Senator Edward J. Markey on Monday, February 8, 2016