ERIC Number: ED318473
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Critical Connections. Communication for the Future. Summary.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Office of Technology Assessment.
This summary of the larger report analyzes the implications of new communication technologies for business, politics, culture, and individuals, and suggests possible strategies and options for Congressional consideration. The first of four major sections describes the changing U.S. communications infrastructure. The second section summarizes some of the opportunities and constraints presented by new communication technologies, including discussions of communication and comparative advantage in the business arena, communication and the democratic process, communication and the production of culture, and communication and the individual. Policy issues and Congressional strategies are discussed in the third section. Issues addressed include equitable access to communication opportunities; security, survivability, and interoperability of the infrastructure; modernization and technological development of the U.S. communication infrastructure; and jurisdiction in the formulation and implementation of national communication policy. The fourth section presents the case for a national market, economic, and social vision of the role of communication. Figures included throughout illustrate Congressional options in response to changes in the communication infrastructure. (GL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Office of Technology Assessment.
Note: For the full report, see IR 014 456.