publication . Article . 2014

Telecommunication Networks: Economy, Ecology, Rule

Cubitt, Sean;
Open Access
  • Published: 02 Feb 2014 Journal: Theory, Culture & Society, volume 31, pages 185-199 (issn: 0263-2764, eissn: 1460-3616, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
This essay deals with technologies, techniques, business models and legal structures governing telecommunications infrastructures. Megacities are especially vulnerable to shifting agencies in telecoms provision. This paper addresses the relation of the economics of growth, built-in obsolescence and product life cycles with the complex determinations of telecommunications governance in relation to the physical environment of megacities. It argues that an ‘environmentalism of the poor’ must be integrated into considerations of both ecological critique and analyses of telecommunications infrastructure and business practice.
Subjects
ACM Computing Classification System: ComputingMilieux_LEGALASPECTSOFCOMPUTING
free text keywords: Sociology and Political Science, General Social Sciences, Economy, Telecommunications control software, Social science, Business model, Business practice, Economics, The Internet, business.industry, business, Ecology, Environmentalism, Corporate governance, Obsolescence, Megacity, Telecommunications
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