ERIC Number: ED034417
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968-Dec-7
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President's Task Force on Communications Policy. Final Report.
Rostow, Eugene V.
The final report of the President's Task Force on Communications Policy recommends strengthened federal powers to form public policy in telecommunications. Such planned policy would enable the private sector to reach its full capacities in the field by improving regulation when it is necessary and removing unnecessary regulation. Monopoly of telecommunications facilities should remain the exception, not the rule, so as to provide maximal consumer satisfaction and technological advancement. New powers should be given to the FCC, and a new agency should be created for formulating long-range communications policy. The report is organized around the subjects of the staff papers: the international telecommunications industry (combining of cable and satellite interests is recommended); INTELSAT; needs of less developed countries; domestic satellite use (pilot projects should precede final policy decisions); structure and regulation of the domestic carrier industry; the future of television (relaxation of restrictions, so as to allow cable TV to develop); spectrum use and management (greater flexibility); and the government's role in general. (BB)
Descriptors: Administrative Policy, Agencies, Communications, Communications Satellites, Government (Administrative Body), Government Role, Mass Media, Networks, Radio, Technological Advancement, Telecommunications, Telephone Communications Industry, Television, Utilities
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Authoring Institution: President's Task Force on Communications Policy, Washington, DC.