ERIC Number: ED192390
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Communications and Integrated Planning.
Pool, Ithiel de Sola
Communications specialists should interpret the slogan "integrated communications planning" as a concern for communicating efforts to promote education, health, racial equality, and world peace rather than as a call to expand bureaucratic power and control. The advantages of multiple initiatives and of allowing specialists to perform their specialties could be endangered by an overly strong and comprehensive integrated framework. Examples of situations where such a framework could be detrimental include (1) the setting and freezing of technical standards for the telecommunications industry, (2) satellite orbit and frequency allotments in a tightly unified satellite communications system, and (3) attempting to coordinate the efforts of organizations as diverse as the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UNESCO). The history of freedom consists of efforts to confine authorities to their strictly restricted domains. Communications planners should have their authority narrowly confined. (AEA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: International Telecommunication Union; United Nations Economic and Social Council
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Institute of Communications (Ottawa, Canada, September 7-11, 1980).