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Integrated Broadband Networks

The Public Policy Issues

Integrated broadband networks (IBNs), when compared to high definition television, are seen by many as probably being more important to the future industrial competitiveness of the United States in the telecommunications field, and as certainly raising far more complex issues of economics, law, regulation, and social impact. The first concerted attempt to identify and investigate these issues was started in 1987 by a leading US telecommunications policy research center. This book presents key contributions to that study, each written by a leading authority in his field. Its breadth of coverage does justice to the multifaceted nature of the core policy issues; its scholarly standards make it a valuable resource for future researchers; and its relevance to immediate policy concerns makes it required reading for those who need to understand what will continue to be a highly controversial public debate for a long time to come.

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Published: June 1991

Imprint: North-holland

ISBN: 978-0-444-89068-9

Contents

  • Part One: New Services. The Market for New Residential Services (J. Carey). Market Segmentation and the IBN Policy Debate (T. Curtis and K. Means). Believable Broadband for Businesses: Five Scenarios (P. Saffo and R. Johansen). Forecasting the Demand for New Broadband Services (M.C.J. Elton). Part Two: Technological and Economic Viability. The Technology of Broadband Networks (R.A. Mercer). An Engineering Cost and Policy Analysis of Introducing Fiber into the Residential Subscriber Loop (D.P. Reed and M.A. Sirbu). Network Integration Versus Network Segmentation (E.M. Noam). ISDN and the Small User: Regulatory Policy Issues (W. Lehr and R.G. Noll). Conflict Between Public Policy and Trends in Technology (B.L. Egan). Past and Future Perspectives on Communications Infrastructure (R.J. Solomon). Part Three: Institutional and Regulatory Issues. Players and Stakes (R. Pepper). CATV: The Impact of Deregulation and the Emerging Technology (T.W. Hazlett). Regulatory Status: A Preliminary Inquiry (M. Botein). Impending Legal Issues (M. Meyerson). Technical Standards and their Policy Implications (M.J. Marcus). Regulatory and Policy Issues (R. Pepper). Glossary. Index.

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