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Communications Policy in Transition The Internet and Beyond

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ISBN-10: 0262032929

ISBN-13: 9780262032926

Edition: 2001

Authors: Benjamin M. Compaine, Shane M. Greenstein

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 This presumption was long outdated prior to the commercialization of the Internet.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

List price: $58.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 10/26/2001
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 440
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
Contributors
Differing Regulatory Treatment of Access Modes
Where Internet Service Providers and Telephone Companies Compete: A Guide to the Computer Inquiries, Enhanced Service Providers, and Information Service Providers
Broadband Architectures, ISP Business Plans, and Open Access
Regulatory Treatment of IP Transport and Services
Internet Architecture Design in a Competitive Era
Rethinking the Design of the Internet: The End-to-End Arguments vs. the Brave New World
The InterNAT: Policy Implications of the Internet Architecture Debate
The Potential for Scrutiny of Internet Peering Policies in Multilateral Forums
Wireline vs. Wireless Internet Access: Comparing the United States and Japan
Dilemmas in Development of Communications Infrastructure
Developing Telecommunications Infrastructure: State and Local Policy Collisions
From C to Shining C: Competition and Cross-Subsidy in Communications
The End of the Digital Divide?
Unexpected Outcomes in Digital Divide Policy: What Children Really Do in the Public Library
Accessibility of Broadband Telecommunications Services by Various Segments of the American Population
Reexamining the Digital Divide
Information Policy and Commercial Internet Behavior
Sorting Out the Search Engine Market
Copyright in the Age of Distributed Applications
Should Congress Establish a Compulsory License for Internet Video Providers to Retransmit Over-the-Air TV Station Programming via the Internet?
Index