And Communications for All: A Policy Agenda for the New by Amit Schejter

By Amit Schejter

During this publication, 16 prime communications coverage students current a entire telecommunications coverage time table for the hot federal management. The articles deal with various themes, together with community neutrality, rural connectivity, media possession, minority possession, spectrum coverage, common broadband coverage, and media for kids.

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Still, for it to do so, one basic condition must be present—broadband. Global Participation—Competitiveness An appreciation of the dynamism inherent in the Internet’s arenas of innovation transcends the corrective frame for understanding universal service. Broadband, Internet, and Universal Service 9 Without necessarily abandoning the social contract at its root, the catalyst of innovation reframes universal service from obligation to opportunity. It is in this reframing that universal service emerges as an instrument for promoting global competitiveness.

YouTube, for example, has achieved stupendous success using a business model whose premise is that users will freely contribute content, which, in turn, will attract more users who will contribute more content. 24 By contrast, television networks spend millions to create content in order to achieve the same benefits from advertising. Furthermore, the benefits of content generated by those self-same users underscores the value of dynamic network externalities. Relevant content increases the value of the network by stimulating new content and providing a forum for interaction within local communities as well as a window to the outside world.

2. The Internet as an information utility encourages civic engagement. People increasingly turn to the Internet for news about politics and to find out what is going on with their state, local, or federal governments. One-third of Americans obtained some news and information online about the 2006 midterm election and twice as many said they relied on the Internet as their main source of campaign news in 2006 as did in the 2002 midterm election. Connections to higher voting rates are hard to establish, but the mix of online political information and online contributions are undoubtedly affecting political discourse.

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