ERIC Number: ED380136
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Information Superhighway: An Overview of Technology Challenges. Report to the Congress.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
This report focuses on the pivotal technical issues associated with the National Information Infrastructure program, security and privacy, interoperability, and reliability, and presents the General Accounting Office's findings on these challenges. It is reported that while the structures and services to be offered by the information superhighway have not yet been determined, several critical technological challenges are emerging. First, if it is to provide critical communications services to manufacturing, health care, and other business sectors, the superhighway must ensure data security and protect users' privacy. Second, the superhighway should provide a seamless web of features and services to users, with thousands of systems and components interacting, or interoperating, in a way that is transparent to users. Achieving interoperability will require manufacturers to cooperate with standards-setting bodies to establish common interfaces and protocols. Third, to prevent network failures, the superhighway must be reliable, end-to-end, from users to service providers. Five appendices provide information on the technical issues addressed by the information infrastructure task force; descriptions of existing network technologies and advanced technologies; the portability of telephone numbers; and major contributors to this report. Sixteen figures illustrate the text, and a 15-page glossary defines the technological terms. (Author/MAS)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.