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Societies in all parts of the world and at all levels are gearing up for the next century. "High technology", and, at least so it seems, telecommunications technology in particular, are providing the benchmarks for much of the success of this transition. Al Gore who has become the symbolic and prodding leader of this process, not merely in the United States through the National Information Infrastructure Initiative (NII) but also globally through the Global Information Infrastructure (GII), is quoted: "Telecommunications is an essential component of the political, economic, social and cultural development. It fuels the global information society and economy which is rapidly transforming local, national, and international societies and, despite physical boundaries, is promoting better understanding between peoples." (Washington Times, Oct.16, 1994; quoted after Jussawala (ed.), 1995, p.2).
As to be expected, geographers are split or torn between those camps celebrating the economic and social benefits of the communications revolution and those focusing on the inequalities and asymmetries which the enormous costs, corporate and Western dominance, and geographic "bypassing potential" of the technology entail.
The objective of this "Web Compendium" (not merely this page) is to assemble resources, conceptual frameworks and analytical models needed to accompany the continuing expansion of Geography into the field of information and telecommunications and, more specifically, the transformation of Economic and Business Geography to a discipline which not only properly acknowledges the significance of the information revolution, but fully incorporates its pervasive implications into all parts of the field.
Telecommunications Servers & Gateways:
Telecommunications: Government Reports and Policy:
Cities, county could provide Internet Bremerton Sun, February 24, 2002; By Ed Friedrich
Closing the gap on distance learning, colleges turn to updated Internet Seattle Times, October 11, 1999 by Lynne K. Varner
Cary looks at high-tech highway [By CHRIS O'BRIEN and KYLE YORK SPENCER, Staff Writers, News Observer, 4/5/99
ANDY ORAM: The Internet and the International Telecommunications Union [NANDO}
AT&T-TCI: TELECOM UNBOUND. Business Week, July 6, 1998 (cover story).
GTE, US West go different routes for DSL approval ; Seattle Times, Thursday, June 18, 1998; by Peter Lewis
US West must postpone Net-access line ; Seattle Times, Tuesday, June 16, 1998; by Peter Lewis
Business Week, October 13, 1997 (Telecom Cowboy)
Wired on wireless: Prices, promises duel in hot cell-phone market Seattle Times, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 1997 by Shelby Gilje.
"Clinton readies Internet policy", Seattle Times, May 22, 1997
Information and Telecommunications Technology:
Telecommunications ("Backbone") Infrastructure
Information, Internet- and Network Economics
"We have lived in the information age for 150 years, since telegraphy gave us the ability to transmit data almost instantly and allowed the futures of markets and industries to be decided in real time. What characterises the developments we are currently experiencing is the convergence of media around one form - the digital - and the opening up of standards for information exchange, making viable new ways of working. These developments become imperative as advanced economies can no longer rely on manufacturing for economic growth and job creation and must find other ways of conducting existing business and new avenues for adding value."
Programs & Syllabi
Readings on Electronic (Tele-) Communications
Niles, John S. BEYOND TELECOMMUTING: A NEW PARADIGM FOR THE EFFECT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS ON TRAVEL [ Global Telematics, September 1994]
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