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The business of broadband and the public interest : media policy for the network society

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dc.contributor.advisor Henry Jenkins, III. en_US
dc.contributor.author Schultze, Stephen James en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Comparative Media Studies. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-26T17:04:34Z
dc.date.available 2009-08-26T17:04:34Z
dc.date.copyright 2008 en_US
dc.date.issued 2008 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/46618
dc.description Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Comparative Media Studies, 2008. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves [133]-[150]). en_US
dc.description.abstract Media policy in the United States has, since its inception, been governed by the principle that infrastructure providers should serve "the public interest." The Federal Communications Commission has traditionally been charged with enforcing various obligations on businesses under this principle. Policymakers have developed different regimes for different media, but these distinctions no longer make sense in a technologically converged environment. This study draws upon the historical origins of the principle in order to inform contemporary debates in communication policy. It recovers some of the normative meaning behind "the public interest" phrase, and identifies the several dimensions in which it remains relevant today. The thesis argues that universal access, platform innovation, and general-purpose technologies should inform network-aware media policy. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Stephen James Schultze. en_US
dc.format.extent 132, [18] p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.rights.uri http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582 en_US
dc.subject Comparative Media Studies. en_US
dc.title The business of broadband and the public interest : media policy for the network society en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree S.M. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Comparative Media Studies. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 426042728 en_US


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