Telecommunications Policy: Life, Liberty and Data

Telecommunications used to mean earnest debates about regulation, legislation and taxation, the instruments of government. It was about the telephone network. But popular demand for mobility and computing technology has forever changed that discussion. The communications technology industry is in the midst of a long-term transition away from the public switched telephone network towards always-on networks that use Internet and wireless technologies. Old distinctions no longer apply. These new networks are built as much around individuals as technology.

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About the Author
Wayne W. Hall Jr. has worked with the NASTD – Telecommunications and Technology Professionals Serving State Government – for 15 years. He is currently the Technology Analyst for NASTD.