The Internet's Coming of Age

The Internet's Coming of Age

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What most of us know as qthe Internetq is actually a set of largely autonomous, loosely coordinated communication networks. As the influence of the Internet continues to grow, understanding its real nature is imperative to acting on a wide range of policy issues. This timely new book explains basic design choices that underlie the Internet's success, identifies key trends in the evolution of the Internet, evaluates current and prospective technical, operational, and management challenges, and explores the resulting implications for decision makers. The committee-composed of distinguished leaders from both the corporate and academic community-makes recommendations aimed at policy makers, industry, and researchers, going on to discuss a variety of issues: How the Internet's constituent parts are interlinked, and how economic and technical factors make maintaining the Internet's seamless appearance complicated. How the Internet faces scaling challenges as it grows to meet the demands of users in the future. Tensions inherent between open innovation on the Internet and the ability of innovators to capture the commercial value of their breakthroughs. Regulatory issues posed by the Internet's entry into other sectors, such as telephony.Historically, the government intervened to establish universal service at uniform rates for postal services as well as telephone service and to ... a€œDo Commercial ISPs Provide Universal Access? ... 58Even in unserved areas, the upper bound on the cost of dial-up Internet is set by the roughly $4 to $5 hourly rate offered by aanbsp;...

Title:The Internet's Coming of Age
Author:Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Applications, Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, Committee on the Internet in the Evolving Information Infrastructure, National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences
Publisher:National Academies Press - 2001-01-22


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