And Communications for All: A Policy Agenda for the New by Amit Schejter

By Amit Schejter

During this booklet, 16 major communications coverage students current a complete telecommunications coverage time table for the recent federal management. The articles handle a number themes, together with community neutrality, rural connectivity, media possession, minority possession, spectrum coverage, common broadband coverage, and media for kids.

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27. S. entry into World War II when radio set production fell to a minimum. Series H 878-893, R 93-105, R 1-12 (1975). Historical statistics of the United States, colonial times to 1970 Washington, DC: GPO. Broadband, Internet, and Universal Service 27 28. Cross, An All-Consuming Century; Jorge Reina Schement, “Three for Society: Households and Media in the Creation of 21st Century Communities,” Center: Architecture and Design in America 11 (1999): 75–86; and Gary A. Steiner, The People Look at Television: A Study of Audience Attitudes (New York: Knopf, 1963).

A country of more than one hundred million households challenges simple notions of access, as the following recent examples illustrate. Trends in Internet and Home Broadband Adoption Americans have a history of intense flirtations with household information technologies. S. 28 Likewise, since the worldwide web (WWW) was launched, American households have been connecting to the Internet at an accelerated rate. Internet use among adults— irrespective of connection speed or point of access—rose from 14 percent in 1996 to just over 70 percent by the end of 2006.

On the other hand, while it took a relatively long time for 10 percent of the population to adopt VCRs and color television, going from there to 50 percent happened quite rapidly, because these technologies enhanced an existing home technology, and thus built on an established base of users. Broadband Internet has similar characteristics in that it builds on a base of users with home Internet access and personal computers. In the early part of this decade, Pew Internet and American Life Project surveys showed that about 80 percent of Internet users had home access with the remaining 20 percent having access elsewhere.

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