Making Universal Service Policy: Enhancing the Process Through Multidisciplinary Evaluation

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Barbara A. Cherry, Steven S. Wildman, Allen S. Hammond
Taylor & Francis, 1999 - Computers - 280 pages
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This book is the outgrowth of shared interests between the editors and the contributing authors to provide a multidisciplinary perspective in evaluating universal service policy and recommending policy changes to accommodate a more competitive telecommunications environment. The book is interdisciplinary in nature to reflect the extremely complex context in which universal service policy is formed. The chapter authors represent a broad cross-section of disciplinary training, professional positions, and relationships in the telecommunications industry. Academic disciplines represented include law, economics, anthropology, communication, and business.

This book's purpose is to significantly enhance the development of effective telecommunications universal service policy among policymakers, industry members, and stakeholders in the United States. Universal service policy has been, and will continue to be, both enabled and constrained by the simultaneous interaction of social, political, technological, and economic forces in the environment in which it is formed. A more effective process for policy design is to seek agreement on how entitlements embedded in universal service policy should be modified as circumstances invariably change over time. Therefore, the volume reflects recent significant developments in U.S. universal service policy--the implementation of which continues to unfold.

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Frameworks for Analyzing Universal Services
Societal Role and Implications of Universal Service
Paying for Universal Service
Embarking on a New Universal Service Policy The Role of the Federal Government
The Role of the States
Author Index
Subject Index

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Steven S. Wildman is James H. Quello Professor of Telecommunication Studies and Director of the James H. and Mary B. Quello Center for Telecommunication Management and Law at Michigan State University.

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