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Making Universal Service Policy: Enhancing the Process Through Multidisciplinary Evaluation

Barbara A. Cherry Steven S. Wildman Allen S. Hammond



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Routledge Member of the Taylor and Francis Group
01 August 1999
Business competition; Postal & telecommunications industries; Communications engineering & telecommunications
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.
Edited by:   Barbara A. Cherry, Steven S. Wildman, Allen S. Hammond
Imprint:   Routledge Member of the Taylor and Francis Group
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   590g
ISBN:   9780805824568
ISBN 10:   0805824561
Series:   LEA Telecommunications Series
Pages:   280
Publication Date:   01 August 1999
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational ,  A / AS level ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for Making Universal Service Policy: Enhancing the Process Through Multidisciplinary Evaluation

It is an original and very useful book, thanks to the diversity of the contributions it brings together, none of which is superfluous. We can certainly recommend it as it is easy to read and which requires no pre-requisite, even if all contributions are of a very high quality. -The Journal of Policy Regulation and Strategy for Telecommunications, Informatio The book is a valuable compendium because it offers perspectives from multiple disciplines (e.g., communications, law, economics), has contributions from regulators and private sector actors, and provides significant assessments of the advantages and disadvantages of the FCC's recent policy decisions on universal service. -Political Communication

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