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|Title:||Re-thinking Universal Service Policy for the Digital Era: Setting the Scene|
|Authors:||FEIJÓO GONZÁLEZ Claudio; MILNE Claire|
|Citation:||INFO vol. 10 no. 5-6 p. 4-11|
|Type:||Articles in periodicals and books|
|Abstract:||Purpose: Introduction to the concepts related with universal service and to the papers in the special issue about "Re-thinking Universal Service in the Digital Era". Design/methodology/approach: This special issue aims to provide support to the policy process with regard to universal service in a digital context. The papers in the issue highlight developments that are shaking up the current universal service model. They consider universal service from a set of different dimensions, encompassing both demand and supply side considerations. Also a comparative outlook draws lessons from a representative set of existing regulatory models. Findings: The foundations and concept of universal service are experiencing a profound transformation as we enter into a new phase of information society development. A new set of policy goals and tools is the main consequence of this change. Originality/value: Timely account of the universal service policy debate. Paper type: General review Keywords: Universal service, e-Inclusion, broadband, mobile, next generation networks, spectrum management|
|JRC Directorate:||Growth and Innovation|
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