Proceeding

Appropriate Name or Not, the Information Super Highway Needs Regulation

Author

  • Daniel Smith, Lecturer, University of Hawai’i, Mānoa, USA

Abstract

A number of countries, regions or communities have only one main medium to economically access the Internet.  Examples in the Pacific are countries with new fiber connections to the main urban center only.  Similarly, some continental counties have substantial regions with limited connectivity.  The paper will review previous models have been used to provide access for competing ISPs and shared expenses such as restoration of service by satellite in the event of a cable disruption.  This concept is often referred to as “Open Access.”  Like a freeway or turnpike with fees, some public support may be needed to provide equitable access with universal service obligations.

New fiber or satellite systems, while fast and reliable, may not provide economical service.  What are the infrastructure, pricing and regulatory arrangements, including flexibility, that can provide affordable in-country Internet service?  An example is a community that has a school information system and/or instructional support system available locally and not requiring regular international access.   Some bits will cost more than others.  Prime time movie viewers willing to pay will help make off peak hours more affordable.

The particular focus will be on Pacific Island telecom systems – and their regulators -- that have or will get external funding to provide Internet connectivity and require ending of monopolies.  One issue could be ownership or management of a single cable system.

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