Call for Papers: Telecommunications: Ubiquity And Equity In A Broadband Environment

Telecommunications: Ubiquity http://viagracanadausa.com/ And Equity In A Broadband Environment will be held on August 26-28, 2010. Wellington, New Zealand. Co-Chaired by Stanford Levin, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Bronwyn Howell, Victoria University of Wellington & ISCR

The deployment of increasingly faster and more capable broadband technologies around the world poses significant questions for telecommunications firms, regulators and policy-makers.

Where will these new technologies and the applications they support be made available, what forms will they take, who will provide them and how will they be regulated?

How will the technologies and the applications they support be made accessible, useful and affordable to individuals and firms (as both users and content providers) across geographical, financial, social, cultural and other divides?

These challenges will require new ways of thinking about the policies traditionally addressing these questions.

Universal service, ensuring telecommunications services are available to all consumers at affordable prices, regardless of their geographic or demographic circumstances.

Network neutrality, ensuring that the concept of the internet as a seamless, end-to-end utility is maintained by precluding discrimination among traffic of different types or travelling between different destinations.

Papers addressing these themes are welcomed from members of the academic, industry and policy communities.  Papers applying insights from other infrastructure industries (e.g. electricity, transport) to telecommunications are also welcome.  Presenters of all accepted papers will be required to register for the conference (registration fee approximately US $500).  The conference, hosted by the New Zealand Institute for the Study of Competition and Regulation (http://www.iscr.org.nz), will be held in the Government Buildings at the Pipitea Campus of Victoria University, located in the heart of the business and government area of downtown Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand. Situated in a beautiful harbour setting, Wellington offers ready access to a wide range of social, cultural and outdoor activities, and its central location makes it a perfect base for exploring other parts of New Zealand.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE:

Abstracts of 200-250 words should be sent in MSWord or PDF format to:

Email:  iscr@vuw.ac.nz by April 15, 2010.

The author(s) of accepted papers will be notified by May 15, 2010.

Completed manuscripts must be received by July 15, 2010.

Questions should be addressed to: Bronwyn Howell bronwyn.howell@vuw.ac.nz or Kathy McKenzie kathy.mckenzie@vuw.ac.nz

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