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Telecommunications represents one of the largest high-technology equipment and service industries in the world. Today there is growing support within the telecommunications industry for domestic and world trade competition, which is directly at odds with its distinctive political tradition of monopoly provision and minimally competitive international trade practices. This raises major questions, both for emerging public policy and for theorists concerned with the making of public policy. This is particularly true for Europe, the focus of this study, where the reform of the telecommunications sector has proven to be one of the most vexing issues confronting the unification of the European Common Market. Noam’s book is the first major attempt to address European telecommunications’ complicated economic and policy issues. He thoroughly discusses the evolution of central telephone networks, equipment supply, new value-added networks, and new telecommunications-related services within a detailed country-by-country analysis framework. This highly accessible and comprehensive study will be of interest to students and professionals in the areas of communications, economics, and political science.

Table of contents :

Contents……Page 12
I: TRADITION AND CHANGE……Page 14
1. Public Telecommunications: A Concept in Transition……Page 16
2. The Establishment of the PTT System……Page 20
3. Network Tipping: The Rise and Fall of the Public Network Monopoly……Page 39
4. Forces of Centrifugalism……Page 56
5. Defense of the Telecommunications Monopoly……Page 68
6. Policy Directions……Page 74
II: THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS OF EUROPEAN COUNTRIES……Page 80
7. Germany……Page 82
8. The United Kingdom……Page 116
9. France……Page 146
Telecommunications in the Benelux and Alpine Countries……Page 180
10. The Netherlands……Page 182
11. Belgium……Page 191
12. Luxembourg……Page 197
13. Switzerland……Page 199
14. Austria……Page 208
Telecommunications in Scandinavia and the North Atlantic……Page 214
15. Sweden……Page 216
16. Finland……Page 225
17. Norway……Page 233
18. Denmark……Page 237
19. Iceland……Page 243
20. Ireland……Page 245
Telecommunications in the Mediterranean Countries and Eastern Europe……Page 250
21. Italy……Page 252
22. Spain……Page 264
23. Portugal……Page 271
24. Israel……Page 275
25. Turkey……Page 280
26. Greece……Page 283
27. Telecommunications in Eastern Europe……Page 287
III: BATTLEFRONTS IN TELECOMMUNICATIONS POLICY……Page 304
28. The International Organizations of Telecommunications……Page 306
29. Brussels Takes On the Traditional System……Page 318
30. Telecommunications Policy as Industrial Policy……Page 325
31. Transatlantic Trade Friction……Page 335
32. International Telecommunications Services……Page 344
33. The Economics of ISDN Integration……Page 363
34. The Political Economy of ISDN……Page 373
35. Value-Added Networks and Services……Page 382
36. Videotex……Page 395
37. Transborder Data Flows……Page 405
IV: THE FUTURE OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS……Page 418
38. Networks in the Future……Page 420
39. Toward a Modular Network……Page 425
40. Telecommunications Liberalization: An Expansionary Process?……Page 430
41. Regulatory Tasks for the Future: Interconnectivity in the Pluralist Network……Page 438
42. The Pluralist Network……Page 445
Notes……Page 454
References……Page 470

 

Telecommunications in Europe (Communication and Society) PDF

Author(s): Eli Noam

Year: 1992

ISBN: 0195070526,9780195070521


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