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In ... And Communications for All, sixteen leading communications policy scholars present a comprehensive telecommunications policy agenda for the new federal administration. This agenda emphasizes the potential of information technologies to improve democratic discourse, social responsibility, and the quality of life along with the means by which such information technologies can be made available to all Americans. Addressing a range of topics, including network neutrality, rural connectivity, media ownership, minority ownership, spectrum policy, universal broadband policy, and media for children, this book articulates a comprehensive vision for the United States as a twenty-first-century information society that is both internally inclusive and globally competitive.
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Editorial Reviews

October 2009 Choice
[A] must-read for policy makers, educators, industry leaders, and others interested in bringing US communications into the 21st century. . . . Highly recommended.
Michael X. Delli Carpini
Few issues are more fundamental to the healthy functioning of our democracy than the existence of an open and diverse media system. For too long Communication scholars have been absent from ongoing policy debates about how to best achieve this goal. This timely and excellent collection of essays, written by some of the leading scholars in the field, goes a long way to remedying this abdication of our public interest obligation.
The Honorable Jonathan S. Adelstein
These respected authors serve up a rich banquet of food for thought. It should be required reading for policymakers — and those who want to influence them, as well. Just as innovative technologies will continue to drive our economic growth, the creative proposals in this book should drive innovation in developing the communications agenda to meet the new challenges we face.
David Waterman
It is remarkable to find a book that genuinely integrates the work of contributing authors. Amit Schejter has accomplished that in this work, bringing together many of the brightest minds in communications policy to make a forceful set of policy recommendations on the full range of current issues, from wireline regulation and universal service to public television.
October 2009 CHOICE
[A] must-read for policy makers, educators, industry leaders, and others interested in bringing US communications into the 21st century. . . . Highly recommended.
Gene Kimmelman
And Communications for All offers many essential policy adjustments that the new administration should implement to promote a more affordable, open communications network that advances democracy and enhances freedom.
Communication Booknotes Quarterly, April-June 2009, Vol 40.2 - Chris Sterling
There is a lot of useful insight and some original ideas here.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739129203
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 374
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Amit M. Schejter is associate professor of communications and codirector of the Institute for Information Policy at the Pennsylvania State University.

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Table of Contents

Preface: A Second Chance

Introduction Summary of Recommendations

Pt. I Frameworks

1 Broadband, Internet, and Universal Service: Challenges to the Social Contract of the Twenty-First Century Jorge Reina Schement Schement, Jorge Reina 3

2 Digital Media, Modern Democracy, and Our Truncated National Debate Ernest J. Wilson III Wilson, Ernest J., III 29

3 Public Scholarship and the Communications Policy Agenda Robert W. McChesney McChesney, Robert W. 41

4 International Benchmarks: The Crisis in U.S. Communications Policy through a Comparative Lens Amit M. Schejter Schejter, Amit M. 57

Pt. II Infrastructures and Industries

5 Competition and Investment in Wireline Broadband Marvin Ammori Ammori, Marvin 81

6 U.S. Cable TV Policy: Managing the Transition to Broadband Richard D. Taylor Taylor, Richard D. 109

7 A Spectrum Policy Agenda Jon M. Peha Peha, Jon M. 137

8 The Way Forward for Wireless Rob Frieden Frieden, Rob 153

9 Rethinking the Media Ownership Policy Agenda Philip M. Napoli Napoli, Philip M. 167

Pt. III Access

10 Universal Service Krishna Jayakar Jayakar, Krishna 181

11 America's Forgotten Challenge: Rural Access Sharon L. Strover Strover, Sharon L. 203

12 Municipal Broadband Andrea H. Tapia Tapia, Andrea H. 223

13 The Future of the E-Rate: U.S. Universal Service Fund Support for Public Access and Social Services Heather E. Hudson Hudson, Heather E. 239

Pt. IV Content

14 Public Service Media 2.0 Ellen P. Goodman Goodman, Ellen P. 263

15 Creating a Media Policy Agenda for the Digital Generation Kathryn Montgomery Montgomery, Kathryn 281

16 Race and Media: Several Key Proposals for the Next Administration Leonard M.Baynes Baynes, Leonard M. 301

Index 325

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