Title: Re-Thinking European Universal Service Policy for the Digital Era. Editors' Conclusions
Authors: MILNE ClaireFEIJÓO GONZÁLEZ Claudio
Citation: info vol. 10 no. 5-6 p. 166-173
Publisher: Emerald
Publication Year: 2008
JRC N°: JRC46948
ISSN: 1463-6697
URI: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/
DOI: 10.1108/14636690810904797
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Purpose: Conclusions from 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: A summary of the themes, trends and new concepts about universal service is compiled from the varied viewpoints introduced in the issue. The editors also appraise the mobile and broadband universal service candidates under the different perspectives in the issue, point out a number of questionable assumptions and gaps in the universal service stories, and touch on the international currents of influence in universal service policy. Finally, a succinct vision of a universal service policy for Europe is outlined. Originality/value: Summary of the main avenues for the upcoming 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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