Communication Policy & Technology

Lon Berquist, M.A.*

Throughout its history, U.S. communication policy has been shaped by evolving communication technologies. As a new communication technology is introduced into society, it is often preceded by an idealized vision, or Blue Sky perspective, of how the technology will positively impact economic opportunities, democratic participation, and social inclusion. Due, in part, to this perspective, government policy makers traditionally look for policies and regulations that will foster the wide diffusion of the emerging technology. At the same time, however, U.S. policy typically displays a light regulatory touch, promoting a free-market approach that attempts to balance the economic interests ...

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