ERIC Number: ED310730
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
An Overview of U.S. Telecommunications Policy, 1980-1988.
National Center for Telecommunications and Information Policy, Washington, DC.
This chronology and policy analysis of U.S. telecommunications-related decisions from 1980 to 1988 begins with a narrative detailing the year-by-year issues and actions of the Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Congress related to telecommunications. An overview of telecommunications policy is then provided, which briefly reviews: (1) the role of telecommunications in the "information society"; (2) the philosophical position of the Reagan administration toward telecommunications policy; (3) privatization and Expendable Launch Vehicle (ELV) operations; (4) the amalgamation of communications media empires; (5) the removal of longstanding restrictions on program content and time allotted to broadcast commercial messages; (6) the aftermath of the AT&T breakup; (7) Supreme Court decisions and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986; (7) the reallocation of Instructional Television Fixed Service (ITFS) microwave frequencies to Multipoint Distribution Service (MDS); and (8) the impact of the prevalence of laissez faire attitudes toward telecommunications in the corporate sector. (CGD)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Telecommunications and Information Policy, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: United States