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information highway

a national or international (‘super'highway) network which links up businesses and homes with information service providers (cable television, video telephones, interactive shopping etc.). Each user has a ‘connection box’ which links them via a cable to all kinds of services. In the case of cable television, for example, a customer connected to the highway could select a film from a large ‘menu’ and then receive it down the wire a few minutes later. See INTERNET.
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Video sessions are perhaps the most exciting aspect of the information highway. Each month, more than 1,000 video sessions are held between and among sites throughout the state.
The administration makes much of its drive to promote a national and global information infrastructure while pointing with pride to its efforts to ensure universal service and that public libraries have affordable access to the information highway. These are welcome initiatives, but the core thrust of their strategy does not deviate far from that of the ideology of information as well.
The ideology of information technology infuses the Final Report of the IHAC, Connection, Community, Content: the Challenge of the Information Highway. (7) The IHAC, whose membership was dominated by senior executives from the information technology private sector, asserts that in the new information economy success will be determined by the marketplace with government relegated to setting minimal ground rules.
Beguiling futuristic visions of the information highway, as we have seen, abound.
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And what exactly is the destiny advanced by the information highway? Ask the Bell-Atlantic employees.
For example, cable companies will likely be key links in the information highway but cable only reaches 80% of Canadian homes, and many people cannot afford to buy a home computer.
The information highway, along with other new technological advances, will provide a multitude of options for accessing information.
In his press release he said it will serve to "create and exploit technology-based market opportunities." Most of the membership on the thirty-person National Information Highway Advisory Council comes from the private sector.
WEINTROB: In your own businesses, is the information highway changing your technological strategies dramatically or gradually?
Says Ballance, "MTS is committed to ensuring the information highway and the latest communication services are available to our customers."
Practically every major periodical during the past 12 months has carried a cover story about "riding the information highway" and the many economic and societal benefits that road promises.

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