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Beyond Broadband AccessDeveloping Data-Based Information Policy Strategies$
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Richard D. Taylor and Amit M. Schejter

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823251834

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823251834.001.0001

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Data, Policy, and Democracy

Data, Policy, and Democracy

(p.103) Chapter 6 Data, Policy, and Democracy
Beyond Broadband Access

Jorge Reina Schement

Fordham University Press

This chapter discusses access to broadband services within the context of democracy. It argues that the roots of information policy can be found in the implied social contract between governments and the governed and describes a new social contract relevant for the information age. It begins with an overview of the tradition of access to communication within the American commitment to the trinity of opportunity, participation and prosperity, followed by a discussion of the goals of Universal Service policy mandated by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in the Telecommunications Act of 1996. It then considers the 4 Cs of access that allow communities to exploit the benefits of broadband access: connectivity, capability, content, and context. It also examines trends in household broadband adoption in the United States and proposed remedies for connecting a large population. Finally, it assesses the implications of universal service policy for policy makers.

Keywords:   broadband services, democracy, information policy, social contract, information age, communication, Telecommunications Act 1996, broadband access, broadband adoption, United States

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