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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

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

Richard R. John

Oxford University Press

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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