--and Communications for All

--and Communications for All : A Policy Agenda for a New Administration

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In . . . And Communications for All, 16 leading communications policy scholars present a comprehensive telecommunications policy agenda for the new federal administration. This agenda emphasizes the potential of information technologies to improve democratic discourse, social responsibility, and the quality of life along with the means by which it can be made available to all Americans. Schejter has assembled an analysis of the reasons for the failure of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and offers an international benchmark for the future of telecommunications. Addressing a range of topics, including network neutrality, rural connectivity, media ownership, minority ownership, spectrum policy, universal broadband policy, and media for children, it articulates a comprehensive vision for the United States as a twenty-first-century information society that is both internally inclusive and globally competitive.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 374 pages
  • Lexington Books
  • MD, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0739134833
  • 9780739134832

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[A] must-read for policy makers, educators, industry leaders, and others interested in bringing US communications into the 21st century. . . . Highly recommended. It is remarkable to find a book that genuinely integrates the work of contributing authors. Amit Schejter has accomplished that in this work, bringing together many of the brightest minds in communications policy to make a forceful set of policy recommendations on the full range of current issues, from wireline regulation and universal service to public television....--David Waterman There is a lot of useful insight and some original ideas here.....--Chris Sterling Few issues are more fundamental to the healthy functioning of our democracy than the existence of an open and diverse media system. For too long Communication scholars have been absent from ongoing policy debates about how to best achieve this goal. This timely and excellent collection of essays, written by some of the leading scholars in the field, goes a long way to remedying this abdication of our public interest obligation....--Michael X. Delli Carpini, Dean, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania These respected authors serve up a rich banquet of food for thought. It should be required reading for policymakers -- and those who want to influence them, as well. Just as innovative technologies will continue to drive our economic growth, the creative proposals in this book should drive innovation in developing the communications agenda to meet the new challenges we face....--The Honorable Jonathan S. Adelsteinshow more

About Amit M. Schejter

Amit M. Schejter is associate professor of communications and codirector of the Institute for Information Policy at the Pennsylvania State University.show more