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Part 68

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 (ACTA).


  • 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).


  • last reviewed/updated on January 07, 2009  


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