Keeping the U.S. Computer and Communications Industry Competitive: Convergence of Computing, Communications, and Entertainment

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Interactive multimedia and information infrastructure receive a lot of attention in the press, but what do they really mean for society? What are the most significant and enduring innovations? What does the convergence of digitally based technologies mean for U.S. businesses and consumers? This book presents an overview of the exciting but much-hyped phenomenon of digital convergence.
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Overview

Interactive multimedia and information infrastructure receive a lot of attention in the press, but what do they really mean for society? What are the most significant and enduring innovations? What does the convergence of digitally based technologies mean for U.S. businesses and consumers? This book presents an overview of the exciting but much-hyped phenomenon of digital convergence.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780309050890
  • Publisher: National Academies Press
  • Publication date: 5/11/1995
  • Pages: 90
  • Product dimensions: 5.97 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Overview 1
Visions and Reality 6
New Products and Alliances: Industrial Convergence? 8
2 Trends and Directions 15
The Outlook for Multimedia Goods and Services 15
Software 19
Networks 22
Expanding Bandwidth: Is There Enough? 24
Interconnection and Interoperability 24
Standards 26
Entertainment and the Entertainment Industry 29
3 Societal Implications 40
The Flow of Information 42
Diversity of Information 44
Intellectual Property Issues 46
The Shape of Technology 50
The Need for User-Friendly Technology 52
A History Lesson: The Evolution of Books as Mass Media 55
Using the Technology 56
Games, Play, and Life 56
Entertaining Education 59
4 Promoting Competitiveness: Policy Issues and Obstacles 65
International Competitiveness 66
Public-Private Tensions and the Information Infrastructure 76
Perspectives on Regulation 78
Other Useful Roles for Government 83
Bibliography 88
App. A Colloquium Participants 99
App. B Colloquium Agenda 103
App. C Follow-up Interviews 105
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