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Information Superhighway: Issues Affecting Development.
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC RESOURCES COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVE LOPMENT DIV
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Technological advances in the transmission of voice, video, and data are fostering fundamental changes in the telecommunications industry. For example, large local telephone companies plan to offer video services in competition with cable and broadcast television, while cable television companies plan to offer local telephone service over their wires in competition with the local telephone companies. The administration believes that these technological changes provide the opportunity to develop an Information Superhighway that could provide every element of society with ready access to data, voice, and video communications. Concurrently, the Congress is considering sweeping changes to telecommunications regulations to keep pace with this dynamic industry. GAO prepared this report to serve as an overview of three key issues that decisionmakers may face as they deliberate telecommunications legislation it focuses on three pivotal issues they face in formulating new telecommunications legislation 1 managing the transition to a more competitive local telecommunications marketplace 2 ensuring that all consumers have access to affordable telecommunications as competition develops and 3 ensuring that the Information Superhighway provides adequate security, privacy, reliability, and interoperability.
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