ERIC Number: ED351024
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
High Definition Information Systems. Report Prepared by the Subcommittee on Technology and Competitiveness Transmitted to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. House of Representatives, One Hundred Second Congress, Second Session.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.
The integration of television into a digital framework makes possible the merger of television and computers. Development of a digital system will permit the consumer to receive television and computer images on the same screen at a quality approaching 35mm film. If fiber optic telecommunications lines are linked to the home and standards are developed, the American consumer will be able to receive high definition information products through the telephone line. A high resolution information system could have far-reaching effects on international industrial competitiveness and on the American quality of life. Possible applications include product development and design; improved manufacturing efficiency; better diagnosis of disease; and improved instructional techniques. Digital information systems could also provide consumers with access to a wide array of new information services such as the video/telephone and, at the same time, reduce the cost of basic telecommunications services. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), following the Subcommittee's hearing, has taken steps to give representatives of computer imaging industries a more prominent role in its deliberations; however, the FCC remains focused on systems for terrestrial broadcasting rather than on a comprehensive system capable of incorporating television and computer applications. The hearings also identified a number of impediments to commercializing the technological advances. This report includes information on the development of and activities concerned with these technologies in Japan and Europe as well as in the United States; summaries of the testimony given at the May 1991 hearing; discussions of the major issues involved; and an overview of the current status of high resolution information systems (HRIS). Seven recommendations conclude the report. (KRN)
Descriptors: Business, Competition, Computers, Federal Regulation, Futures (of Society), Government Role, Information Networks, Technological Advancement, Telecommunications, Television
U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Congressional Sales Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.
Identifiers: Federal Communications Commission; Fiber Optics; Germany; High Definition Television; Japan
Note: Serial N. For a related hearing report, see ED 338 207.