Cyber Policy and Economics in an Internet Age

  • William H. Lehr
  • Lorenzo M. Pupillo
Part of the Topics in Regulatory Economics and Policy Series book series (TREP, volume 43)


We are living in an Internet Age. Today, information technology (IT) pervades all aspects of our daily lives. We have telephones, pagers, PDAs, and MP3/DVD players. Computers are in our factories, our offices, our homes, our cars, and even in our toys. We use them to communicate and work. Even when we are unaware of them, computers are all around us—controlling the engine in our car or the temperature in our house, or monitoring our purchasing behavior. Now, with the Internet, these computers and devices are increasingly networked together into an electronic computation and communications platform that spans the globe and provides essential infrastructure to our modern economies. We can be online around the clock and around the world—communicating, seeking information, being entertained, shopping, working, or playing.


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  1. 1.
    URL stands for Universal Reference Locator. The URL is the address that identifies the location of information on the Web. HTML stands for Hypertext Mark-up Language. This is the language used to create Web pages. B2B and B2C refer to Business-to-Business and Business-to-Consumer E-commerce, respectively; these are Internet-enabled forms of sharing information and transacting business among businesses or between businesses and their consumers or the general public.Google Scholar
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    See “High-Speed Services for Internet Access: Subscribership as of June 30, 2001,” Federal Communications Bureau, Washington, DC, February 2002.Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • William H. Lehr
    • 1
  • Lorenzo M. Pupillo
    • 2
  1. 1.Columbia University and M.I.T.USA
  2. 2.Telecom ItaliaItaly

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