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Cable systems, telephony and local economic development in the UK

Lookup NU author(s): James Cornford, Professor Andrew Gillespie


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In the 1980s cable policy in the UK was based on the assumption that the development of cable would be domestically financed and 'entertainment-led', with cable television helping to 'pull through' advanced interactive services. in the 1990s policy makers and cable operators have discovered the much larger role that is being played by telephony in driving the development of cable. Cable is now seen as at least as important to telecommunications policy as it is to broadcasting policy. Data on the development of cable suggest that this policy is leading to a more geographically diverse pattern of telecommunications competition and an increasing diversity in the price and/or quality of telecommunication services supplied to different places. The emerging imbalance raises questions about the effects on patterns of urban and regional development. As currently constituted, however, the UK regulatory regime has no effective way of recognizing or addressing these questions.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Cornford JR, Gillespie AE

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Telecommunications Policy

Year: 1993

Volume: 17

Issue: 8

Pages: 589-602

ISSN (print): 0308-5961

ISSN (electronic): 1879-3258


DOI: 10.1016/0308-5961(93)90071-A


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