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Part 68 of the FCC rules (47 C.F.R. Part 68) governs the direct connection of Terminal Equipment (TE) to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN), and to wireline carrier-owned facilities used to provide private line services. Part 68 also contains rules concerning Hearing Aid Compatability and Volume Control (HAC/VC) for telephones, dialing frequency for automated dialing machines, source identification for fax transmissions, and technical criteria for inside wiring.

Many technical and administrative functions mandated by Part 68 have been privatized. However, the FCC retains the responsibility to enforce Part 68 rules.

  • For an overview of Part 68 and answers to some frequently asked questions, see the FCC's Part 68 FAQs.
  • For information regarding technical interconnection standards and labeling, inquiries regarding Terminal Equipment approval and filing procedures, and access to the database of approved TE, visit the website of the Administrative Council for Terminal Attachments (ACTA).
  • For a list of FCC Part 68 rulings and other documentation, see the list of Past Part 68 Rulings. Documents listed there also can be accessed via the FCC's Electronic Document Management System (EDOCS).
Thursday, November 6, 2014