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Heather E. Hudson

In: Handbook of New Media: Social Shaping and Consequences of ICTs

Chapter 22: Universal Access to the New Information Infrastructure

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Universal Access to the New Information Infrastructure
Universal access to the new information infrastructure
Heather E. Hudson

Technological innovation and the transition to a global digital economy have focused new attention on the importance of access for all to telecommunications facilities and services. ‘Universal service’, meaning access to basic telephone service for all, remains the primary objective. However, the emergence of the Internet is forcing policy-makers to rethink this concept, in terms of both what services should be universally available, and whether ‘access’ is a more appropriate goal for so-called ‘advanced services’. This chapter examines the availability of telecommunications and information services access in industrialized and developing countries, the changing goals and definitions of universal service, and the strategies being implemented to extend access to various ...

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