Communications Policy in Transition: The Internet and Beyond

Communications Policy in Transition: The Internet and Beyond

by Benjamin M. Compaine
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262032929

ISBN-13: 9780262032926

Pub. Date: 11/01/2001

Publisher: MIT Press

Until the 1980s, it was presumed that technical change in most communications services could easily be monitored from centralized state and federal agencies. This presumption was long outdated prior to the commercialization of the Internet. With the Internet, the long-forecast convergence of voice, video, and text bits became a reality. Legislation, capped by

Overview

Until the 1980s, it was presumed that technical change in most communications services could easily be monitored from centralized state and federal agencies. This presumption was long outdated prior to the commercialization of the Internet. With the Internet, the long-forecast convergence of voice, video, and text bits became a reality. Legislation, capped by the
Telecommunications Act of 1996, created new quasi-standards such as "fair" and "reasonable" for the
FCC and courts to apply, leading to nonstop litigation and occasional gridlock.This book addresses some of the many telecommunications areas on which public policy makers, corporate strategists, and social activists must reach agreement. Topics include the regulation of access, Internet architecture in a commercial era, communications infrastructure development, the Digital Divide, and information policy issues such as intellectual property and the retransmission of TV programming via the Internet.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262032926
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
11/01/2001
Series:
Telecommunications Policy Research Conference
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
440
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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