Beyond Broadband Access
Developing Data-Based Information Policy Strategies
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Fordham University Press
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Th is book is based on selected edited papers that were fi rst delivered at a workshop, Beyond Broadband Access: Data-Based Information Policy for a New Administration, held at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C., on September 22â24, 2009. We gratefully acknowledge the support and collaboration of many people in making both the workshop and this ...
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In recent years the information policy discourse has been inundated by numbers and metrics, which purportedly describe the âinformation societyâ and refl ect national levels of such measures as e- readiness and the digital divide. In policy circles, just the ranking among some of these lists has been seen as an impetus for policy development. For example, President Barack ...
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Around the world, claims that broadband infrastructure is central to the development of the knowledge economy are becoming indisputable. Many governments are taking steps to ensure their regulatory environments encour-age private sector investment in broadband,1 consistent with Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recommendations ...
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Since the 1960s, the fi eld of information studies has had a tradition of trying to understand the role of information in society by measurement, typically by counting things: media, words, bits, and so on. This refl ects an intuitive sense that something important is happening. Because of the intangible nature of the subject âinformation,â however, its role has been hard to grasp. ...
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To date, most of the empirical effort to understand broadband service markets has focused on availability and adoption metrics and data. Data of this sort is indeed valuable when the dominant policy questions concern penetration and uptake. However, as broadband availability and penetration saturate, such data will become less informative. The next set of questions, ...
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Broadband networks are widely recognized as an indicator of the knowledge economy. Employing secondary data, this chapter examines adoption factors of âubiquitous broadbandâ that includes both fi xed and mobile technologies. Technology) and demographic variables, the results of regression analysis suggest network competition between fi xed and mobile broadband, plat-...
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A growing number of regulatory agencies, policy making institutions, and intergovernmental organizations rely on some form of benchmarking to periodically assess the effects of policy and regulation. The design and calcu-lation of such metrics is facilitated by a more systematic and abundant infor-mation base. However, daunting conceptual and empirical issues have to be ...
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Let it be remarked . . . that the intercourse throughout the Union will shortened, and kept in better order; accommodations for travelers will be multiplied and meliorated; an interior navigation on our eastern side will be opened throughout, or nearly throughout, the whole Western and Atlantic districts, and between different parts of each, ...
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During his presidential campaign in 2008, then-Senator Barack Obama stated his belief âthat America should lead the world in broadband penetra-tion and Internet access.â1 Following up on his campaign agenda and upon becoming president, Obama promised in his inaugural address to âbuild . . . digital lines.â Neither the campaign promise nor the presidential commit-...
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Researchers habitually complain about policy makers and bureaucrats not sticking to so-called facts and fi gures but being guided by ideology. The more recent terminology is the call for âevidence-based policy.â These objec-tions come from the political left by media reformers and from the political right by free-market libertarians. In both cases they are directed against those ...
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Despite its legal obligation to serve the public interest1 and generate a complete evidentiary record,2 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) frequently cannot resist the temptation to engage in results-driven decision making. Rather than rely on empirical evidence to support its deci-sions,3 which would pass peer review by independent third parties, it appears ...
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This chapter reviews recent US broadband data, and briefl y discusses why the broadband âconnectednessâ portrayed in the FCC postal codeâlevel data is in some respects problematic, with the problem of âdisconnectednessâ addressed in this chapter a potentially more signifi cant problem than the FCC postal code numbers may suggest. This chapterâs preliminary conclu-...
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Currently, many advanced countries have proposed broadband as part of the governmentâs responsibility to combat the digital divide. The idea is that government should increase the accessibility of broadband to people who have not yet been able to access it, especially in rural areas. A prime example has been the so-called Obama Package, a $787 billion stimulus bill signed ...
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Many developing countries have established universal service funds to subsidize the extension of a telecommunications infrastructure to areas that are unat-tractive to private investment because of high costs or low revenue potential. There are many challenges in implementing these funds, particularly where there is little experience in estimating demand for new services such as ...
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...1. Mike Peters, âObama Views Broadband as Key to Economic Recovery,â Broadbandinfo.com (December 16, 2008), http://www.broadbandinfo.com/news-archives/2008/obama-views-broadband-as-key-to-economic-recovery.html.2. D. Bell, The Coming of Post-Industrial Society: A Venture in Social Forecasting 1. European Commission, âEU Guidelines on Public Funding of Broadband ...
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Bell, Daniel. The Coming of Post-Industrial Society: A Venture in Social Forecasting. Peters, Mike. âObama Views Broadband as Key to Economic Recovery,â Broadbandinfo.com, December 16, 2008. http://www.broadbandinfo.com/news-archives/2008/obama-views-broadband-as-key-to-economic-recoveryAllen, Matthew. âThe Experience of ConnectivityâResults from a Survey of ...
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...johannes m. bauer is professor in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media at Michigan State University where he is also the director of Special Programs of the Quello Center for Telecommunication Management and Law at Michigan State University. Dr. Bauer joined Michigan State University in 1990, after receiving his doctorate in economics ...
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Page Count: 288
Illustrations: 70 b/w
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Donald McGannon Communication Research Center's Everett C. Parker Book Series