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xix, 506 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • The big picture
  • Competition policy in wireline telecommunications
  • The spectrum
  • Mobile wireless services
  • A primer on Internet technology
  • Net neutrality and the regulation of broadband internet access
  • Interconnection and intercarrier compensation
  • Universal service in the age of broadband
  • Competition in the delivery of video programming
  • The future of telecommunications competition policy.
In Digital Crossroads, two experts on telecommunications policy offer a comprehensive and accessible analysis of the regulation of competition in the U.S. telecommunications industry. The first edition of Digital Crossroads (MIT Press, 2005) became an essential and uniquely readable guide for policymakers, lawyers, scholars, and students in a fast-moving and complex policy field. In this second edition, the authors have revised every section of every chapter to reflect the evolution in industry structure, technology, and regulatory strategy since 2005. The book features entirely new discussions of such topics as the explosive development of the mobile broadband ecosystem; incentive auctions and other recent spectrum policy initiatives; the FCC's net neutrality rules; the National Broadband Plan; the declining relevance of the traditional public switched telephone network; and the policy response to online video services and their potential to transform the way Americans watch television. Like its predecessor, this new edition of Digital Crossroads not only helps nonspecialists climb this field's formidable learning curve, but also makes substantive contributions to ongoing policy debates.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780262519601 20160614
Law Library (Crown)
xii, 574 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • Architecture and innovation
  • Internet design principles
  • The original architecture of the Internet
  • Architecture and the cost of innovation
  • Architecture and the organization of innovation
  • Architecture and competition among makers of complementary components
  • Network architectures and the economic environment for application innovation
  • Decentralized versus centralized environments for application innovation
  • Public and private interests in network architectures.
Today--following housing bubbles, bank collapses, and high unemployment--the Internet remains the most reliable mechanism for fostering innovation and creating new wealth. The Internet's remarkable growth has been fueled by innovation. In this pathbreaking book, Barbara van Schewick argues that this explosion of innovation is not an accident, but a consequence of the Internet's architecture--a consequence of technical choices regarding the Internet's inner structure that were made early in its history. The Internet's original architecture was based on four design principles: modularity, layering, and two versions of the celebrated but often misunderstood end-to-end arguments. But today, the Internet's architecture is changing in ways that deviate from the Internet's original design principles, removing the features that have fostered innovation and threatening the Internet's ability to spur economic growth, to improve democratic discourse, and to provide a decentralized environment for social and cultural interaction in which anyone can participate. If no one intervenes, network providers' interests will drive networks further away from the original design principles. If the Internet's value for society is to be preserved, van Schewick argues, policymakers will have to intervene and protect the features that were at the core of the Internet's success.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780262013970 20160604
Law Library (Crown)
xiii, 181 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
  • List of Illustrations ix Acknowledgments xi Chapter One: The Internet and the "Democratization" of Politics 1 Democratization and Political Voice 4 A Different Critique 8 Gatekeeping, Filtering, and Infrastructure 12 The Difference between Speaking and Being Heard 16 Chapter Two: The Lessons of Howard Dean 20 The Liberal Medium? 21 "Big Mo'" Meets the Internet 26 The Internet and the Infrastructure of Politics 27 The End of the Beginning 34 Chapter Three: "Googlearchy": The Link Structure of Political Web Sites 38 What Link Structure Can Tell Political Scientists 41 The Link Structure of Online Political Communities 45 Site Visibility and the Emergence of Googlearchy 54 The Politics of Winners-Take-All 56 Chapter Four: Political Traffic and the Politics of Search 58 The Big Picture 60 Traffic Demographics 67 Search Engines and (the Lack of) User Sophistication 68 What Users Search For 70 Search Engine Agreement 78 How Wide a Gate? 80 Chapter Five: Online Concentration 82 Barriers to Entry 83 Distribution, Not Production 86 Online Concentration 90 Comparative Data, Comparative Metrics 91 A Narrower Net 99 Chapter Six: Blogs: The New Elite Media 102 Blogs Hit the Big Time 103 Bloggers and the Media 105 So You Want to Be a Blogger 113 Blogger Census 118 Bloggers and Op-Ed Columnists 125 Rhetoric and Reality 127 Chapter Seven: Elite Politics and the "Missing Middle" 129 The Limits of Online Politics 131 A Narrower Net 133 Political Organizing and the Missing Middle 139 New Technology, Old Failures 141 Appendix: On Data and Methodology 143 Support Vector Machine Classifiers 143 Surfer Behavior and Crawl Depth 150 Hitwise's Data and Methodology 151 References 155 Index 173.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691137612 20160528
Is the Internet democratizing American politics? Do political Web sites and blogs mobilize inactive citizens and make the public sphere more inclusive? "The Myth of Digital Democracy" reveals that, contrary to popular belief, the Internet has done little to broaden political discourse but in fact empowers a small set of elites - some new, but most familiar. Matthew Hindman argues that, though hundreds of thousands of Americans blog about politics, blogs receive only a miniscule portion of Web traffic, and most blog readership goes to a handful of mainstream, highly educated professionals.He shows how, despite the wealth of independent Web sites, online news audiences are concentrated on the top twenty outlets, and online organizing and fund-raising are dominated by a few powerful interest groups. Hindman tracks nearly three million Web pages, analyzing how their links are structured, how citizens search for political content, and how leading search engines like Google and Yahoo! funnel traffic to popular outlets. He finds that while the Internet has increased some forms of political participation and transformed the way interest groups and candidates organize, mobilize, and raise funds, elites still strongly shape how political material on the Web is presented and accessed. "The Myth of Digital Democracy" debunks popular notions about political discourse in the digital age, revealing how the Internet has neither diminished the audience share of corporate media nor given greater voice to ordinary citizens.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691137612 20160528
Law Library (Crown)
1 v. (various pagings) : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Because issues of policy and real applications are critical to the principles of economics course, acclaimed economists Hall and Lieberman have made the fourth edition of MICROECONOMICS: PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATIONS as current as today's headlines, giving students a real-world, up-to-the-minute overview that presents economics as a unified discipline. Taking a no-nonsense, policy approach to economic theory and application, this comprehensive text is very accessible, equipping readers with a solid foundation in economics that they can build upon wherever their career paths may lead. A wealth of interactive online exercises, graphing applications, and research opportunities give students hands-on experience working with current economic issues. Hall and Lieberman's careful focus on core theoretical ideas and systematic application of theoretical tools to timely, practical questions conveys the message that economics is an integrated, powerful body of knowledge that can effectively address domestic and global issues.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780324421477 20160527
Law Library (Crown)
x, 352 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
  • 1 The Information Economy 2 Pricing Information 3 Versioning Information 4 Rights Management 5 Recognizing Lock-In 6 Managing Lock-In 7 Networks and Positive Feedback 8 Cooperation and Compatibility 9 Waging a Standards War 10 Information Policy.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780875848631 20160610
In Information Rules, authors Shapiro and Varian reveal that many classic economic concepts can provide the insight and understanding necessary to succeed in the information age. They argue that if managers seriously want to develop effective strategies for competing in the new economy, they must understand the fundamental economics of information technology. Whether information takes the form of software code or recorded music, is published in a book or magazine, or even posted on a website, managers must know how to evaluate the consequences of pricing, protecting, and planning new versions of information products, services, and systems. The first book to distill the economics of information and networks into practical business strategies, Information Rules is a guide to the winning moves that can help business leaders navigate successfully through the tough decisions of the information economy.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780875848631 20160610
Law Library (Crown)

6. Video economics [1992]

xiv, 364 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • * Preface 1. Introduction * Basic Economics of Broadcast Television * Players in the Industry * Regulatory Reform * The Notion of a Public Good * Summary 2. The Supply of Programming * Windowing * Competition among Producers * Foreign Markets * The Competitiveness of Program Supply * Summary 3. Traditional Models of Program Choice * Steiner Models * The Beebe Model * Pay Television * Summary 4. Modern Models of Program Choice * Demand Analysis * Welfare Analysis * The Spence-Owen Model * The Wildman-Owen Model * Multichannel Programming * New Directions in Program Choice * Summary 5. Network Economics * Network Basics * Television News * Regulation * Risk Bearing * The New Cable Networks * The Decline of the Broadcast Networks * The Future of the Broadcast Networks * Strategic Options * Summary 6. Cable Television * Cable and the FCC * New Program Services * Bundling of Transmission and Content * Natural Monopoly and Local Market Power * The Effective Competition Standard * No Case for Reregulation * Price Elasticity of Cable Demand * Competition from New Entrants * Too Few Gatekeepers? * The Issue of Access * Monopsony Power * Vertical Integration * Regulatory Policy * Local Broadcasters and Cable * Telephone Companies and Cable * Summary 7. Advanced Television * Terminology * Brief History * The Economics of Standard Setting * Television Standards * Network Externalities * Obstacles to ATV Adoption * NTSC-ATV Compatibility * The Importance of Compatibility * Adoption Scenarios * Policy Issues * Summary * Bibliography * Notes * Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780674937161 20160605
"Video Economics" is an analysis of the economics and business strategies of the televison industry. Bruce Owen and Steven Wildman identify the complex chain of programme producers, distributors (networks), and retailers (video stores, cable systems, and broadcast stations), whose objectives are to obtain viewers in order to sell them to advertisers, to charge them an admission fee, or both. Among the concepts the authors explain and apply are those of public good, economies of scale, and price discrimination. Since about 1975 the US television industry has been transformed from a heavily regulated business to a highly competitive one, with new networks, technologies, and markets. "Video Economics" addresses the major issues affecting competitive advantage in the industry, including sequential programme release strategies known as windowing, competition among programme producers, the economics of networking, cable televison, scheduling strategies and high definition television. The authors present the economic tools required to analyze the industry as they take up each new topic. This book will be of particular interest to students of the mass media, communication policy officials, communication lawyers and consultants, and media and advertising executives.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780674937161 20160605
Law Library (Crown)