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Universal service in a participatory democracy: A perspective from Australia

De Reuck, J.D. and Joseph, R. (1999) Universal service in a participatory democracy: A perspective from Australia. Government Information Quarterly, 16 (4). pp. 345-352.

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This article places universal service policy in telecommunications in Australia in an historical context. Given the dynamic growth in information technologies, universal service should be reconceptualized within a knowledge-based discourse critically linked to considerations for deepening participatory democracy. As a consequence of the discussion this article recommends that funding universal service obligations in telecommunications be based on the preferred notion of a maximally open democratic debate. The universal service obligation in telecommunications should be funded from consolidated revenue with its parameters set by democratic debate.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Business
Publisher: Elsevier Limited
Copyright: © 1999 Published by Elsevier Inc.
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