The Gordian Knot: Political Gridlock on the Information Highway / Edition 1

The Gordian Knot: Political Gridlock on the Information Highway / Edition 1

by W. Russell Neuman, Lee W. McKnight, Richard Jay Solomon, Richard Jay Solomon
     
 

In a broad account accessible to generalist and specialist alike, the authors--social scientists as well as technologists--address the current national debate about the development of a
National Information Infrastructure. They locate the debate in its historical context and outline a bold vision of an open communications infrastructure that will cut through the

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In a broad account accessible to generalist and specialist alike, the authors--social scientists as well as technologists--address the current national debate about the development of a
National Information Infrastructure. They locate the debate in its historical context and outline a bold vision of an open communications infrastructure that will cut through the political gridlock that threatens this "information highway."The authors detail what is wrong with the political process on National Information Infrastructure policymaking and assess how different media systems
(telecommunications, radio, television broadcasting, and the like) were originally established,
spelling out the technological assumptions and organizational interests on which they were based and showing why the old policy models are now breaking down. This analysis leads logically to a policy proposal for a reformed regulatory structure that builds and protects meaningful competition but abandons its role as arbiter of tariffs and definer of the public interest.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262640398
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
07/02/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
342
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1Political Gridlock1
2The Nature of Networks45
3The Network and the State85
4Networks and Productivity113
5Network Wars: A Pattern Emerges155
6Cutting the Knot247
Notes265
References273
Index307

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