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 This presumption was long outdated prior to the commercialization of the Internet.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

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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 This presumption was long outdated prior to the commercialization of the Internet.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

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Contributors
IDiffering Regulatory Treatment of Access Modes
1Where Internet Service Providers and Telephone Companies Compete: A Guide to the Computer Inquiries, Enhanced Service Providers, and Information Service Providers3
2Broadband Architectures, ISP Business Plans, and Open Access35
3Regulatory Treatment of IP Transport and Services59
IIInternet Architecture Design in a Competitive Era
4Rethinking the Design of the Internet: The End-to-End Arguments vs. the Brave New World91
5The InterNAT: Policy Implications of the Internet Architecture Debate141
6The Potential for Scrutiny of Internet Peering Policies in Multilateral Forums159
7Wireline vs. Wireless Internet Access: Comparing the United States and Japan195
IIIDilemmas in Development of Communications Infrastructure
8Developing Telecommunications Infrastructure: State and Local Policy Collisions221
9From C to Shining C: Competition and Cross-Subsidy in Communications241
IVThe End of the Digital Divide?
10Unexpected Outcomes in Digital Divide Policy: What Children Really Do in the Public Library265
11Accessibility of Broadband Telecommunications Services by Various Segments of the American Population295
12Reexamining the Digital Divide321
VInformation Policy and Commercial Internet Behavior
13Sorting Out the Search Engine Market351
14Copyright in the Age of Distributed Applications369
15Should Congress Establish a Compulsory License for Internet Video Providers to Retransmit Over-the-Air TV Station Programming via the Internet?397
Index417

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