CCH Guide To State Telecommuniations Law Offers Unparalleled Electronic Coverage

(Riverwoods, ILL., February 4, 1999) – Now, there is a single, electronic source for the state laws and regulations that govern telecommunications, according to CCH INCORPORATED (CCH), a leading provider of business and regulatory law and information. The CCH Guide to State Telecommunications Law, now available on the CCH Internetsm Research Network (, CCH Online and CD-ROM, provides a critical combination of practical advice and primary statutory and regulatory authority in this rapidly changing, contentious arena.

The Guide provides thorough coverage of all the state laws governing the telecommunications industry, from the prerequisites of doing business in each state through applications, reporting requirements, rates, services and consumer protections.

In addition to the "basic" law on public utilities, CCH Guide to State Telecommunications Law includes important supplemental material from states’ government, civil, criminal and welfare codes that affect telecommunications providers, such as requirements to locate "deadbeat" parents or to cooperate in wiretaps.

"With the passage of the federal Telecommunications Act of 1996, state regulation of telecommunications moved from the back to the front burner," said Pam Maloney, managing editor of CCH's Business Regulation Group. "CCH Guide to State Telecommunications Law is designed to be an essential resource for those who wish to maintain or extend their franchises, or enter new markets."

Uniform Arrangement, Full-Text Coverage

Explanations, regulations and statutes for each state are arranged in hierarchical menus so that users can readily locate what they are looking for, even without a citation or using search syntax. The uniform arrangement makes it easy to locate similar provisions in the codes of different states, facilitating comparison.

Explanations are electronically linked to underlying regulations, statutes and applicable forms. Also, all versions of the CCH Guide to State Telecommunications Law include the full text of the 1934 and 1996 federal telecommunications acts.

In addition to hypertext linking, CCH software supports simple and complex searches and retrieval by citation.

Staying Current

The CCH Guide to State Telecommunications Law is updated weekly on the Internet and online and monthly on CD-ROM.

System Requirements

The recommended and minimum system requirements for the CCH Guide to State Telecommunications Law on CD-ROM and CCH Online are: a 486-50 MHz or better processor (minimum: 386-50 MHz); 16MB or more of RAM (minimum: 8 MB), SVGA 256 color video display (minimum: VGA 256 colors); DOS 5.0 or higher and Microsoft Windows 3.1, Windows for Workgroups 3.11 or higher or Windows '95. For CD-ROM delivery, a CD-ROM drive compatible with Microsoft Extensions (MSCDEX) is also required. CCH Online requires a modem connection (28.8 Kb or higher recommended).

Over the CCH Internet Research Network, subscribers to the Guide need only have an Internet browser (Netscape Navigator 3.0 and above, Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 and above or AOL for Windows 95) and an Internet connection.

Availability and Pricing

Currently, coverage is available for western states, with expanded coverage of all states to be added throughout 1999. Users will be able to obtain coverage through the Guide for a single state, any group of states or subscribe to cost-saving "regional" coverage.

Coverage for states in the Western region includes Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Price for a one-year subscription to CCH Guide to State Telecommunications Law on CCH Internet Research Network and CCH Online is $250 per state and $225 per state for CD-ROM; appropriate sales tax, shipping and handling charges will be added.

Coverage for all states in the Western region is priced at $935 for online or Internet delivery and $849 on CD-ROM.

For more information or to subscribe to the Guide, contact your CCH Business and Finance sales representative at 1 888 CCH REPS (1-888-224-7377), call 1-800-449-6435 or visit the CCH Business and Finance Group web site at


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Editors Note: For a complimentary review copy or illustration of the CCH Guide to State Telecommunications Law, contact: Mary Dale Walters, 847-267-2038 or