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Phone Systems: Madness Abound

psCONFUSED OR ANNOYED BY THE INCESSANT PITCHES OF long-distance telephone companies? To use a phrase that was popular in 1934, the last time Congress overhauled the nation’s telecommunications laws, “You ain’t seen nothing yet.”

The 1996 telecommunications reform bill signed by President Clinton earlier this year will have a profound impact on home offices and small businesses. The legislation completely changes the landscape for wired and wireless communications, not surprising since most of today’s technologies were not even envisioned 62 years ago. But just how good is this news?

If all goes according to plan, the telecommunications system that has only recently yielded such handy home-office tools as call waiting, call forwarding, three-way calling, call return, auto redial and so forth–services that have long been available to big businesses at big cost–will soon enter a period of unprecedented innovation for …