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Telecommunications are in the forefront of present-day economic and social affairs. Digitisation of networks has dissolved the boundaries separating them from electronics and from information technology. The multiplicity and sophistication of telematic services are breaking the bounds of technical and commercial limitations. Change in this field results from facts rather than political will. State monopolies, regulations, powerful companies in equipment and in exploitation are called into question. This study recounts the history of these developments since the seventies. An attempt is made to show how the upheaval of the American market has spread to Europe and how the EEC and its Member States have reacted to the changes. After a first part devoted to the American situation, the first steps towards a Community policy are outlined and a description of European telecommunications policies is presented. The final part assesses the future opportunities and hazards for telecommunications in Europe, particularly in combating underemployment and maintaining commercial equilibrium and technological independence.

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Authors: CARPENTIER M, CEC Bruxelles (BE);FARNOUX-TOPORKOFF S, CEC Bruxelles (BE);GARRIC C, CEC Bruxelles (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 12787 FR (1991) 173 pp.
Availability: Technique & Documentation - Lavoisier, 11, rue Lavoisier, F-75384 Paris Cedex 08 (FR)
ISBN: ISBN 2-85206-607-X
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