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information superhighway

(Or "Infobahn", "Info Strada") The name coined by US Vice-president Al Gore in the early 1990s for the emerging high-speed global communications network capable of carrying voice, data, video, and other services around the world. These services use satellite, copper cable, optical fibre, cellular telecommunications, and are accessible via set-top boxes or suitably equipped computers.

See also National Information Infrastructure.

information superhighway

(1) A generic name for the Internet.

(2) A proposed high-speed communications system that was touted by the Clinton/Gore administration to enhance education in America in the 21st century. Its purpose was to help all citizens regardless of their income level. The Internet was originally cited as a model for this superhighway; however, with the explosion of the Web, the Internet became the information superhighway whether it was ready for it or not.

A Superhighway Below the Highway
Blacktop above, glass below. The backbone of the Internet is build on optical fibers, which have painstakingly been laid across the country and around the world starting in the 1970s and widely deployed in the 1990s. (Image courtesy of Metromedia Fiber Network.)
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The daunting task for the news media is to bring together the complex fragments of economic, technological, political and public-policy issues into a picture of the information superhighway that the public can understand.
At the Networks Expo conference in San Francisco, John Krick, an analyst at Datapro Research, conducted a session called "Driver Training on the Information Superhighway.
official Randall Murphy, discussing their communities innovative approaches to the information superhighway.
Information superhighway activities and plans at such utilities as The Southern Company, Baltimore Gas & Electric, Duke Power, Detroit Edison, Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas and Electric and dozens of others, large and small, are described in the book.
The Los Angeles Times stalled out on the information superhighway, going from 192 stories in 1995 to a measly thirty-three in 1999.
I want to stop the traffic on the infernal information superhighway and make everyone take a long walk outside.
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12 /PRNewswire/ -- BellSouth (NYSE: BLS) today formally introduced a new "build-to-suit" approach to doing business with customers as it develops on-ramps to the information superhighway for municipalities and communities of interest throughout the company's nine-state service region.
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14 /PRNewswire/ -- Robert Pfannkuch, President of Los Angeles-based Telefuture Partners, has been named Conference Director of the first ITA Information SuperHighway conference & exhibition, scheduled for January 24-27, 1995, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California.
20 /PRNewswire/ -- Polaroid (NYSE: PRD) together with 11 other leading technology organizations, today demonstrated how the information superhighway can save lives and improve health care.
HOOFDDORP, The Netherlands--(BUSINESS WIRE)--February 24, 1997-- AT&T-Unisource Communications Services has been awarded a contract to build an information superhighway that will link major national think tanks throughout Europe by April.

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