Public Access to the Internet

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This well-balanced collection takes up the important issues in enabling widely available access to the Internet at a time of rapid commercialization and growth.The seventeen contributions present material that network managers,politicians, and other professionals need to know in order to ask the right questions and properly analyze the various proposals that are being considered for the future of the National Information Infrastructure (NII). Chapters are grouped in five parts: The Public Access Agenda, The Sociology and Culture of the Internet,Establishing Network Communities, Accommodating New Classes of Users, and Pricing and Service Models.A Publication of the Information Infrastructure Project atHarvard University

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Seventeen contributions are grouped into five parts: the public access agenda; the sociology and culture of the Internet; establishing network communities; accommodating new classes of users; and pricing and service models. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

Brian Kahin is Senior Fellow at the Computer & Communications Industry Association inWashington, DC. He is also Research Investigator and Adjunct Professor at the University of MichiganSchool of Information and a special advisor to the Provost's Office. He is a coeditor ofTransforming Enterprise (MIT Press, 2004) and many other books.

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Table of Contents

Preface
The Internet and the National Information Infrastructure 3
Balancing the Commercial and Public-Interest Visions of the NII 24
Public Access Issues: An Introduction 34
The WELL: A Regionally Based On-Line Community on the Internet 49
Atheism, Sex, and Databases: The Net as a Social Technology 62
Learning and Teaching on the Internet: Contributing to Educational Reform 85
Issues in the Development of Community Cooperative Networks 115
Public Access to the Internet: American Indian and Alaskan Native Issues 137
The Role of Public Libraries in Providing Public Access to the Internet 154
The Internet and the Poor 175
Meeting the Challenges of Business and End-User Communities on the Internet: What They Want, What They Need, What They're Doing 208
Models for the Internet Local Loop 222
Internet Architectural and Policy Implications for Migration from High-End User to the "New User" 234
Pricing the Internet 269
Service Models and Pricing Policies for an Integrated Services Internet 315
Pricing and Competition Policies for the Internet 338
Network Analysis Issues for a Public Internet 350
Contributors 379
Index 383
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