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Mobilizing the Information Society$
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Robin Mansell

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198295570

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198295570.001.0001

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Transforming the Infrastructure Supporting the Information Society

Transforming the Infrastructure Supporting the Information Society

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Mobilizing the Information Society

Robin Mansell

W. Edward Steinmueller

Oxford University Press

The evolution of certain associated technologies, specifically the notion of ‘convergence’, has significant impacts on the nature of and the conditions for user access to communication and information infrastructure. The concept of convergence can be understood in two ways: the first entails how all electronic communication signals may be potentially provided as interconnecting digital ‘bitstreams’; the second illustrates the market and industrial implications for the said technological potential. Compared to those expressed by other writers, our notion of convergence may be associated with the evolution of convergent markets, the imbalances in demand growth, and institutional problems of achieving interconnection and interoperability. In this chapter, attention is drawn to the formation of technological trajectories that manage the near-term evolution of communication and information infrastructure.

Keywords:   infrastructure, convergence, digital bitstreams, industrial implications, demand growth, interconnection, interoperability

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