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, click on the FCC's Part
68 FAQs link.
For information regarding technical interconnection standards
and labeling, inquiries regarding Terminal Equipment approval and
filing procedures, and access to the database of approved TE, click
on the link to the Administrative Council for Terminal Attachments
For a list of Telecommunications Certifications Bodies (TCBs)
accredited to perform Part 68 Terminal Equipment certifications,
click on the Part
68 TCB link.
For a list of recent FCC Part 68 rulings and other documentation,
click on the FCC's Past
Rulings link. Documents on this link can be accessed via the
FCC's Electronic Document Management System (EDOCS).