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Speedy growth in info applied sciences has produced an ever-broadening array of selections in info items. on the comparable time, it has prompted traditionally segmented industries, similar to tv, phones, pcs, and print media, to converge and compete. the result's a cornucopia of goods and power in communications in addition to huge, immense pressure at the governmental associations that use and keep watch over details know-how. The essays during this ebook supply a large examine the various ways in which details expertise pertains to problems with governance and public coverage. Adjusting regulatory instititions to the hot technical realities is a smart problem. Will monopoly strength threaten the characteristically regulated components of phones and cable tv or the software program platforms that combine all details applied sciences right into a unmarried approach with many competing gamers? Can conventional techniques to highbrow estate rights and keep an eye on of socially damaging content material be utilized to the converged details region? This publication sheds gentle on those matters, and in so doing demonstrates the usefulness of rigorous, multidisciplinary coverage research in assessing the importance of fixing know-how.

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Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-8157-6116-3 (alk. paper). : alk. paper) 1. Communication policy. I. Price, Monroe Edwin, 1938 II. Noll, Roger G. III. 2dc2197-45380 CIP 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 The paper used in this publication meets the minimum requirements of the American National Standard for Information SciencesPermance of Paper for Printed Library Materials. 48-1984 Set in Sabon Composition by Harlowe Typography, Inc. Cottage City, Maryland Printed by R. R. Donnelley and Sons Co.

Faulhaber projects the history of telecommunications policy debates about pricing, entry, and industry structure on to the emerging converged digital infrastructure, providing a cautiously optimistic view about the continued evolution of choice in an era of convergence. Henry Geller discusses the history of policies to ensure that broadcasters serve public interest objectives and observes how these policies fare under the 1996 Telecommunications Act. Steven S. Wildman examines how the public goods characteristics of media content and the demand for advertising by both consumers and advertisers complicates the application of antitrust policy to media markets.

Since this auspicious beginning, Markle has spent its annual appropriations of two to eight million dollars with wisdom and effectiveness, and with no visible biases or limitations in the kinds of activities that it will support. The foundation's program is multidisciplinary, supporting researchers in the social sciences, law, applied science and engineering, and the humanities. The foundation supports a complete range of activities, from basic academic research on the information sector to new for-profit companies that seek to introduce high-risk information products.

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