TELECOMMUNICATIONS: THE STATE OF THE ART AND PLANNING IMPLICATIONS

This overview of the science of telecommunications and some of its possible implications, focuses on the possibility of using telecommunication as a substitute for travel. Various combinations of four sub-systems (2-way audio, 2-way audio visual facsimile transmission, and remote computer services) are currently used in diverse fields through the country. Although many operational systems are limited geographically, they are already substituting for travel. The development of telecommunication science has been directed toward the improvement of communications and the bringing of social services within reach of the disadvantaged. Studies indicate that about 24 percent of all work trips and about 50 percent of all shopping trips could be replaced by telecom methods. There is a real possibility that substitution of telecommunications for travel will lead to changes in urban form and to decentralization. A possible consequence of such decentralization is the decline of CBD office growth, and the concomitant impacts on mass-transit - especially rapid rail. The social and psychological implications are also considered. The acceptability of a mechanical form of communication and a possible "information overkill" are discussed.

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 56 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00127684
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 10 1981 12:00AM