The Gordian Knot: Political Gridlock on the Information Highway

The Gordian Knot: Political Gridlock on the Information Highway

by W. Russell Neuman, Lee W. McKnight, 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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262140614
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
08/22/1997
Pages:
342
Product dimensions:
6.29(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.24(d)

What People are saying about this

D. Linda Garcia

Books on telecommunications rarely make for enjoyable reading.
The Gordian Knot is an exception. The authors present a very cogent and, in manys ways, convincing case. They lay out their argument at the outset, and carefully walk the reader through it. They clearly bring to the discussion a much needed multi-disciplinary perspective.

Mitchell Kapor

The Gordian Knot richly tells the history of infrastructure development in both transportation and communication in the United
States as a series of battles for control by vested economic interests, battles which have often failed to serve the public interest as well as it served the private interests who have been its principal stakeholders. It also tells of the intimate, if not always effective, involvement of the federal government, as it has struggled to find a happy medium between extremes of laissez faire and heavily-regulated monopoly.

William Drake

This book does something that really needs to be done. It addresses the current national debate about the development of an information infrastructure in a manner that is accessible to generalist and specialist readers alike, and it locates the debate in a broader historical narrative that illuminates how we got here and where we may be going.

Meet the Author

Lee W. McKnight is Associate Professor in the School of Information
Studies at Syracuse University.

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