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Communications Policy in Transition: The Internet and Beyond

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  • Benjamin M. Compaine
    () (Northeastern University)
  • Shane Greenstein
    () (Northwestern University)

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 This presumption was long outdated prior to the commercialization of the Internet.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

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This book is provided by The MIT Press in its series MIT Press Books with number 0262032929 and published in 2001.

Volume: 1
Edition: 1
ISBN: 0-262-03292-9
Handle: RePEc:mtp:titles:0262032929

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Keywords: communication policy; internet; FCC; regulation of access; information policy;

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  1. Shane Greenstein, 2006. "Innovation and the Evolution of Market Structure for Internet Access in the United States," Discussion Papers, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research 05-018, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.
  2. Bauer, Johannes M. & Obar, Jonathan & Koh, Taejin, 2011. "Disentangling economic and political goals in the net neutrality debate," 22nd European Regional ITS Conference, Budapest 2011: Innovative ICT Applications - Emerging Regulatory, Economic and Policy Issues 52187, International Telecommunications Society (ITS).

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