ERIC Number: ED171247
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Telecommunications for Metropolitan Areas: Near-Term Needs and Opportunities.
National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC. Assembly of Engineering.
This study, conducted by the Metropolitan Communications Steering Committee for the Board on Telecommunications-Computer Applications of the National Research Council, identifies telecommunications technologies that could provide useful services for homes, businesses, and governments up to the year 1980. The present state of telecommunication needs and opportunities in metropolitan areas and potential urban applications of telecommunications were examined in light of rapidly evolving technologies and the relative economy of telecommunications. Four major advances in technology were identified as likely to lead in the near future to significant changes in metropolitan telecommunications: increasingly capable terminals, software controlled networks, cellular mobile communications, and fiber-optic cables. Telecommunications applications are considered in such areas as business aids, reference sources, entertainment, government administration, the environment, health, education, welfare, emergency and mobile services, and citizen safety. Within each of these areas telecommunications were reviewed in their capacity to improve efficiency and reduce costs, increase timeliness and accessibility of information, and facilitate public access. (Author/RAO)
Descriptors: Business Communication, Delivery Systems, Emergency Programs, Environmental Influences, Futures (of Society), Government Role, Information Needs, Information Networks, Information Systems, Management Information Systems, Program Descriptions, Public Health, Safety, Telecommunications, Urban Areas, Urban Planning
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Commerce, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC. Assembly of Engineering.
Note: For related document, see IR 007 248