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Technology calling! Is society answering?

Written by  Matthew J. Flanigan
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Matthew J. FlaniganIssue:Asia-Pacific II 1999
Article no.:2
Topic:Technology calling! Is society answering?
Author:Matthew J. Flanigan
Organisation:Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA)
PDF size:40KB

About author

Matthew J. Flanigan is the President of the Telecommunications Industry Association. The TIA is a leading trade association, serving the communications and information technology industry, representing member companies that manufacture or supply the products and services used in global communications. Before becoming TIA President, Mr Flanigan held several positions at Cognitronics Corporation, a publicly owned voice processing equipment manufacturer. Mr Flanigan began his career at Cognitronics working in various sales, manufacturing and engineering positions and rose to be President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr Flanigan serves on the NumereX Corporation Board of Directors and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Electronic Industries Foundation, the philanthropic sector of Electronic Industries Alliance.


Article abstract

Communications innovations outpace legislative and regulatory attempts to keep up, so laws and policies become outdated. Governments cannot keep pace with the inventiveness that sends voice, video and data via digital bits and bytes. From a public policy perspective, governments in North America and throughout the world need to provide a non-invasive regulatory environment, foster a climate conducive to innovation and investment, promote universal broadband connectivity, enhance competition, eliminate regulatory barriers to investment, minimize telecommunications taxation and facilitate.


Full Article

The perfect storm... A paradigm shift... Once-per-generation transition… Hundred-year flood… Revolution–not evolution… Technological sea change... Watershed development… Cataclysmic upheaval… Technology tipping point. Turn of the hourglass. Yes, it may seem easy to overstate the importance of the momentous technological upheaval taking place in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry, but the developments are "the real deal" and certainly are producing huge shifts. We are seeing shifts in distance learning, teleworking, telemedicine, and immense information access and instant action via the Internet. Society is on the cusp of a hundred-year sea change, more dramatic than the impacts from the introduction of the telephone itself. In our industry, we are confident we can manage the technical side of our business, including the application of disruptive technologies such as wireless, and the introduction of new services such as voice over Internet Protocol (IP). Of course, technology can be both disruptive and constructive.

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