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Abstract -- Public Interest Regulation (Panel) Policy Track
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Public Interest Regulation (Panel)

McLaughlin, Sean ( seanm@Hawaii.Edu)
Ikaika Media
Goto-Sabas, Jennifer ( 71532.3261@compuserve.com)
Office of US Senator Daniel Inouye
Naito, Yukio ( 71532.3261@compuserve.com)
Hawaii Public Utilities Commission
Fukunaga, Carol ( carolf@kalama.doe.hawaii.edu)
Hawaii State Senator, Member of the NII Advisory Council
Johanson, Cindy ( cjohanson@pbs.org)
Educational Technology Manager, Public Broadcasting Service
Boutilier, Sybil ( citylink@well.com)
Educational Technology Manager, Public Broadcasting Service


Community Media Policy

U.S. communication policies, as they are implemented in federal, state and local jurisdictions, have created noncommercial media services including public and educational broadcasting, and community access cable TV. These policies are reviewed as they might be applied to the creation and distribution of noncommercial multimedia on the Internet.

Noncommercial media, including partnerships with public, education and government agencies, provide a basis for developing many new services on the Internet. While the overall resources for community media are miniscule compared with commercial media, they are substantial in their diversity and vitality.

The policy principles that guide the development and continuation of community media also support development of noncommercial media services on the Internet.

Constitutional, First Amendment issues of free speech and free press have given rise to many media regulations, from the fairness doctrine and community service obligations of commercial broadcasters, to public educational and governmental access provisions of cable television operators, and universal service and consumer regulation of telephone companies.

Among the key issues currently under deliberation are the appropriate roles of federal, state and local governments in the development of information infrastructure for the public interest. New policy questions also arise from the convergence of telecommunications and cable TV industries.

A policy model that supports noncommercial multimedia applications on the Internet is proposed.


Public interest policy issues arising from the convergence of telecommunications, cable TV and broadcasting industries will be the focus.

The appropriate role of federal, state, and local governments in the development of information infrastructure for the public interest will also be addressed.

Panelists will provide perspectives on the following topics:

Presentations will be followed by discussion among panelists and with audience participation regarding specific proposals for initiatives to support noncommercial and community media on the Internet.