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To Promote the General WelfareThe Case for Big Government$
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Steven Conn

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199858538

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199858538.001.0001

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From Franklin to Facebook

From Franklin to Facebook

The Civic Mandate for Communications

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(p.156) Chapter 9 From Franklin to Facebook
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To Promote the General Welfare
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Richard R. John

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199858538.003.0009

This chapter discusses the role of big government in communications. It describes three governmental institutions that have been especially consequential: the postal system, the regulatory agency, and the Internet. The postal system and the Internet are federal institutions; regulatory agencies, in contrast, have derived their authority not only from the federal government but also from the states. Each of these institutions had its greatest influence in a different century: the postal system in the 1800s; the regulatory agency in the 1900s; the Internet today.

Keywords:   communications policy, communications networks, federal government, big government, postal system, regulatory agency, Internet

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