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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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Numbers That Matter

Numbers That Matter

(p.1) Introduction: Numbers That Matter
Beyond Broadband Access

Richard D. Taylor

Amit M. Schejter

Fordham University Press

This book examines traditional questions about broadband, such as availability and access, and proposes new metrics that are more applicable to the evolving technologies of information access. It brings together scholars from around the world—representing a wide range of disciplines such as economics, law, policy studies, computer science, information science, and communications studies—to offer a comprehensive, data-based approach to understanding the consequences of broadband policy. It describes different theoretical approaches to data-based communications policy making and presents case studies demonstrating both the use and abuse of data in the development of information policy. The book is divided into two parts. Part I deals with theoretical aspects of measuring information, along with issues that should be taken into account when designing broadband-focused information policy. Part II shows how data has been both used and abused for argumentation purposes with regards to choices among policy paths and for policy building.

Keywords:   broadband, metrics, information access, broadband policy, communications policy, information policy

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