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Liberalizing the European MediaPolitics, Regulation, and the Public Sphere$
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Shalini Venturelli

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198233794

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198233794.001.0001

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Telecommunications and the Political Design of the Information Infrastructure

Telecommunications and the Political Design of the Information Infrastructure

(p.104) 4 Telecommunications and the Political Design of the Information Infrastructure
Liberalizing the European Media

Shalini Venturelli

Oxford University Press

After engaging in a discussion on the post-liberal framework of participatory theory of public space in the previous chapter, this fourth chapter opens a discussion on the political design of information infrastructure and the modern realm of telecommunications. This chapter examines the historic European origins of information liberalization in the age of information. This chapter gives assessments on policies which harmonised regulation of the information infrastructure. These policies were assessed in terms of key instruments for shaping the public sphere through universal service, de-monopolization, and liberalization. It also discusses that the Community's regulatory approach towards the information infrastructure shows radical transformation brought about by policy arguments of technological necessity and liberal competition. This chapter also addresses the problem of public communications from the point of view of infrastructure policy and provides a springboard for a more detailed and exhaustive discussion on the policies in information society for the succeeding chapters.

Keywords:   information infrastructure, information liberalization, telecommunications, public sphere, public communications

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