By Amit Schejter

During this booklet, 16 major communications coverage students current a complete telecommunications coverage schedule for the hot federal management. The articles deal with more than a few themes, together with community neutrality, rural connectivity, media possession, minority possession, spectrum coverage, common broadband coverage, and media for kids.

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According to this view, democracy, as we know it, is endangered by the defection of citizens to the tumultuous world of unrestrained blogs. In reality, however, there is cause for optimism. 4), which address news-gathering behaviors, illustrate the continued importance of traditional media alongside Internet news gathering. Nevertheless, among home broadband users, the Internet plays a prominent role in news consumption—especially among people under the age of thirty-six. 3: Getting News on the Typical Day: Comparing Age Groups and Connection Speed (% of all in each group who say they get news from specific source “yesterday”) Local TV National TV Radio Local paper Internet National paper Number of cases Under age 36 Between 36 and 50 Broadband Dial-up Broadband Dial-up 51% 40% 41% 28% 46% 17% 307 54% 35% 43% 27% 21% 2% 141 60% 49% 53% 41% 40% 12% 360 72% 52% 57% 40% 30% 10% 215 Over age 50 Broadband Dial-up 61% 62% 57% 52% 43% 23% 347 71% 61% 54% 55% 26% 21% 265 (Source: Pew Internet Project December 2005 Survey) segment of the population considered generally uninterested in news, the Internet has contributed to increased news consumption, rivaling television as a source of news.

21. Jorge Reina Schement and Marsha Ann Tate, Rural America in the Digital Age (Columbia, MO: Rural Policy Research Institute, 2003). , “Communities, Learning and Democracy in the Digital Age,” The Journal of Community Informatics [online] 2, no. 2 (2006). 22. Lee Raine, “Internet: The Mainstreaming of Online Life,” Internet 4 (Washington, DC: Pew Internet and American Life Project, 2005): 14. 23. Compiled from figure 24, “Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study 2006–2007,” ALA Research Series (Chicago: American Library Association and Information Institute, College of Information, Florida State University, 2007): 215.

9 Like railroads, telecommunications networks distribute economic goods and services, while adding value to transactions, since information may itself be a distinct product or input to other products and services. If individuals and firms are to participate in the market fully, they must have the opportunity to avail themselves of information that will help them consume, produce, and innovate. The value of a network is determined by the number of members it has, for as the number of members increases, so too does the network’s functionality and potential value to those already on it.

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