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Making Universal Service Policy : Enhancing the Process through Multidisciplinary Evaluation - Barbara A. Cherry

Making Universal Service Policy

Enhancing the Process through Multidisciplinary Evaluation

By: Barbara A. Cherry (Editor), Steven S. Wildman (Editor), Allen S. Hammond (Editor)


Published: 12th September 1999
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This book is the outgrowth of shared interests between the editors and the contributing authors to provide a multidisciplinary perspective in evaluating universal service policy and recommending policy changes to accommodate a more competitive telecommunications environment. The book is interdisciplinary in nature to reflect the extremely complex context in which universal service policy is formed. The chapter authors represent a broad cross-section of disciplinary training, professional positions, and relationships in the telecommunications industry. Academic disciplines represented include law, economics, anthropology, communication, and business.
This book's purpose is to significantly enhance the development of effective telecommunications universal service policy among policymakers, industry members, and stakeholders in the United States. Universal service policy has been, and will continue to be, both enabled and constrained by the simultaneous interaction of social, political, technological, and economic forces in the environment in which it is formed. A more effective process for policy design is to seek agreement on how entitlements embedded in universal service policy should be modified as circumstances invariably change over time. Therefore, the volume reflects recent significant developments in U.S. universal service policy--the implementation of which continues to unfold.

List of Contributors
Introductionp. 1
Conceptualizing Universal Service: Definitions, Context, Social Process, and Politicsp. 3
Frameworks for Analyzing Universal Servicep. 13
Universal Service: Migration of Metaphorsp. 15
Unilateral and Bilateral Rules: A Framework for Increasing Competition While Meeting Universal Service Goals in Telecommunicationsp. 39
Questions for Outlining a Universal Service Policyp. 59
Societal Role and Implications of Universal Servicep. 67
Rethinking Universal Service: What's on the Menu?p. 69
The Social Architecture of Community Computingp. 85
Universal Access to Infrastructure and Informationp. 99
Paying for Universal Servicep. 109
Overview of Universal Servicep. 111
Recovering Access Costs: The Debatep. 135
Universal Service: A Stakeholder Responsep. 159
Embarking on a New Universal Service Policy: The Role of the Federal Governmentp. 165
Review of Federal Universal Service Policy in the United Statesp. 167
Some Legal Puzzles in the 1996 Statutory Provisions for Universal Telecommunications Servicesp. 179
Universal Service and the National Information Infrastructure (NII): Making the Grade on the Information Superhighwayp. 189
The Role of the Statesp. 213
The New State Role in Ensuring Universal Telecommunications Servicesp. 215
Breaking the Bottleneck and Sharing the Wealth: A Perspective on Universal Service Policy in an Era of Local Competitionp. 237
Author Indexp. 251
Subject Indexp. 257
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ISBN: 9780805824575
ISBN-10: 080582457X
Series: LEA Telecommunications Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 12th September 1999
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1