ERIC Number: ED126925
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Comments on Telecommunications Policy Developments. Working Paper 76-6.
Capron, William M.
Activities and technologies in telecommunication have been impacted significantly by rapid technical change, rivalry and conflict among private and public organizations, and an absence of any policy structure and guidance from the public sector. Three visions of the future in telecommunication are suggested: a competitive future, massive public monopoly, or a mixed public and private system. Careful analysis and appropriate public policy will be necessary to guide decision makers in choosing among alternative futures in telecommunications. In addition, organizational arrangements should be designed to strengthen the analytic effort necessary to come up with policy options. A strong presidential role and participation of many organizations in policy development are advocated. Political leadership and federal support of research and development are also recommended to insure effective policy development in telecommunication. (CH)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Decision Making, Futures (of Society), Information Networks, Planning, Policy Formation, Public Policy, Technological Advancement, Telecommunications
Harvard University Program on Information Technologies and Public Policy, 200 Aiken Computation Laboratory, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 ($10.90)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. Program on Information Technologies and Public Policy.
Note: Paper presented at Aspen Institute Program on Communications and Society Meeting (Washington, D.C., March 29, 1976)