ERIC Number: ED428774
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
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Residential Access to Bandwidth: Exploring New Paradigms. A Report of the Annual Aspen Institute Conference on Telecommunications Policy (13th, August 9-13, 1998, Aspen, Colorado).
Entman, Robert M.
The 1998 Aspen Systems Conference on Telecommunications Policy met to consider ways of speeding the deployment of telecommunication systems that allow for robust, reliable, and innovative communications services to the home. By organizing participants into three working groups, the session was able to come up with analytical suggestions and policy recommendations designed to accomplish this central objective of getting broadband access to as many residences as possible, as quickly as economically sensible and technically feasible. The groups considered the following questions: (1) Exactly what capabilities and services would we like to see homes obtain? (2) Given the long and costly history of regulatory delay and corporate gamesmanship, can we devise new paradigms of regulation that will speed deployment of residential broadband? and (3) What should be the universal service goals and mechanisms for a new telecommunication system in which broadband is the standard for residences?. This document distills both the group reports and the plenary discussion sessions, conveying the key observations, points of agreement, and disputes. Topics discussed include: defining access needs; a new paradigm for telecommunications policy and regulation; actions under existing regulatory paradigms; and modernizing universal service. A list of conference participants is appended. (AEF)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Conferences, Federal Regulation, Futures (of Society), Government Role, Information Industry, Information Policy, Information Services, Internet, Policy Formation, Telecommunications, User Needs (Information)
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Authoring Institution: Aspen Inst., Washington, DC.