Communications Policy in Transition: The Internet and Beyond

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 This presumption was long outdated prior to the commercialization of the Internet.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

The MIT Press

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Meet the Author

Benjamin M. Compaine is Senior Research Affiliate at the Internet and Telecoms Convergence
Consortium at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the editor of The Digital
Divide: Facing a Crisis or Creating a Myth?
(MIT Press, 2001) and coauthor of Who
Owns the Media?

Shane Greenstein is Elinor and Wendall Hobbs Professor of Management and Strategy at the
Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

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Table of Contents

I Differing Regulatory Treatment of Access Modes
1 Where Internet Service Providers and Telephone Companies Compete: A Guide to the Computer Inquiries, Enhanced Service Providers, and Information Service Providers 3
2 Broadband Architectures, ISP Business Plans, and Open Access 35
3 Regulatory Treatment of IP Transport and Services 59
II Internet Architecture Design in a Competitive Era
4 Rethinking the Design of the Internet: The End-to-End Arguments vs. the Brave New World 91
5 The InterNAT: Policy Implications of the Internet Architecture Debate 141
6 The Potential for Scrutiny of Internet Peering Policies in Multilateral Forums 159
7 Wireline vs. Wireless Internet Access: Comparing the United States and Japan 195
III Dilemmas in Development of Communications Infrastructure
8 Developing Telecommunications Infrastructure: State and Local Policy Collisions 221
9 From C to Shining C: Competition and Cross-Subsidy in Communications 241
IV The End of the Digital Divide?
10 Unexpected Outcomes in Digital Divide Policy: What Children Really Do in the Public Library 265
11 Accessibility of Broadband Telecommunications Services by Various Segments of the American Population 295
12 Reexamining the Digital Divide 321
V Information Policy and Commercial Internet Behavior
13 Sorting Out the Search Engine Market 351
14 Copyright in the Age of Distributed Applications 369
15 Should Congress Establish a Compulsory License for Internet Video Providers to Retransmit Over-the-Air TV Station Programming via the Internet? 397
Index 417
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