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information superhighway

(communications)
(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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During the last five years of the 1990s, the annual number of Washington Post articles mentioning the information superhighway went from 178 to twenty, while such New York Times articles went from 100 to seventeen.
Thanks to the information superhighway, this hundred-year-old trend toward metropolitan areas is about to reverse.
These were given a local focus that provides entrances to the information superhighway for the have-nots.
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However, according to Weis, that may not be easy, even on the information superhighway.
For nearly a decade, The Freedom Forum Media Studies Center has studied and tracked the coming information superhighway through publications, our technology laboratory and a continuing series of seminars, with the belief that technology directly reflects change in the media industries and society.
As the base of Web users continues to explode, the debate will continue to rage as to whether or not the information superhighway is a road to financial glory.
The information superhighway is likely to be owned and operated entirely by private interests whose driving motivation is profit, not public service.
Journalists still waiting for the vaunted information superhighway should know that some competitors already are driving on it.
Supreme Court took a spin down the information superhighway.
Officials at the Las Virgenes and Oak Park unified school districts say they have already advanced so far with their plan for wiring schools for the information superhighway that they don't need to rely on volunteers.
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