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Leslie Bonacum
Neil Allen

Telecommunications Act Information Service online Now Available On CCH Research Network

(RIVERWOODS, ILL., May 11, 2000) – Researching the law that is radically reshaping the telecommunications industry is about to become easier with the debut in electronic format of the authoritative Telecommunications Act Information Service from Telecommunication Reports International. (TRI), the leading telecommunications publisher and a unit of CCH INCORPORATED (CCH). The service will be available on the CCH InternetSM Research NetWork™, where subscribers can use a variety of electronic research tools to find what they need quickly and accurately.

The Telecommunications Act Information Service Online, also known as TIS, is a unique resource. It is based on the complete text of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and four years of full-text related court decisions and FCC rulings – all the relevant documents since 1996 – plus the complete text of the original Telecommunications Act of 1934 as amended.

The complete 14-point compliance checklist to provide competitive service is also available online. TIS also offers exclusive, inside perspective on what the latest regulations and court orders mean in the monthly Executive Bulletin.

In TIS, both lawyers and non-lawyers who are responsible for regulatory compliance will find what they need to research issues such as required network elements, mergers, reciprocal compensation and universal service programs. TIS identifies potential federal-state jurisdictional battles, follows a carrier through new market entry and keeps its users on top of new legislation from Congress in a timely and easy-to-use format.

Electronic Enhancements

Long available as a loose-leaf service with monthly updates, TIS is even easier to use in its new format on the CCH Internet Research NetWork. Subscribers require no special software – only an Internet connection and a compatible browser – to access TIS at any time.

Subscribers will quickly find what they need within TIS through a versatile search function that can accept simple or sophisticated search expressions, including date and proximity terms. A citation search lets users search by document number or citation, while a "favorite search" feature saves search criteria so researchers can resubmit the search at any time. Users can also search a list of retrieved documents to further home in on answers.

The CCH "path" function records the steps in the research session, so it can be reviewed and retraced at any time. A "keep list" allows researchers to create and save a customized list of documents for further research or printing at the researcher’s convenience. Research results can be saved in text formats that allow them to be incorporated easily into subscribers’ text documents.

About the Author

TIS is written and researched by Michele Farquhar, partner at Hogan & Hartson, who has studied, commented on and actually shaped wireless telecom law as a former Wireless Telecom Bureau chief at the FCC. Ms. Farquhar and her legal team at Hogan & Hartson provide exclusive, inside perspective on what the latest regulations and court orders mean to the industry in the monthly Executive Bulletin.

Monthly Updates, Executive Bulletin

TIS is updated monthly with the latest developments from the legislature, the executive departments and the courts. In addition, the monthly Executive Bulletin provides "heads up" evaluation of upcoming laws and regulations in plain English.

Each law or ruling examined in the Executive Bulletin is hot linked to the full text.

Availability and Pricing

For more information or to arrange for a no-risk 30-day subscription to the Telecommunications Act Information Service Online, call 1-800-449-6435. Price for a one-year subscription is $1,295.



Telecommunications Reports International, based in Washington, D.C., is the most respected provider of telecommunications industry news and analysis. Since 1934, executives and policy-makers have relied on TRI’s comprehensive coverage and analysis of major industry issues and events. TRI is part of the Business and Finance Group at CCH INCORPORATED, a leading provider of tax and business law information and software. The TRI web site can be accessed at

CCH has served more than four generations of business professionals and their clients, covering a wide range of legal and compliance topics including securities, insurance, banking, telecommunications, trade regulations and government contracting. CCH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wolters Kluwer. The CCH web site can be accessed at The CCH Business and Finance Group web site can be accessed at

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