TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS/TRANSPORTATION INTERACTIONS. VOLUME I. INTRODUCTION, SCENARIO DEVELOPMENT, AND POLICY ANALYSIS

This technology assessment identified and analyzed the social, economic and environmental consequences of possible future changes in the relationships between telecommunications and transportation. Scenarios were used to describe these changes. Effort was focused on three types of scenarios: (1) audio or audio-video teleconferencing as a substitute for face-to-face meetings and business travel by air or auto, (2) increased decentralization of office employment from city centers to suburban locations resulting from more teleconferencing and thus less need for physical agglomeration, and (3) office employees using terminals to work at home or in neighborhood office centers near home. The scenarios were found to have significant implications for energy conservation, urban development, commuting, mass transit, job accessibility for persons unable to commute, communications within organizations, residential locational freedom, the telecommunications industry, the airline industry, and other areas. This concept of moving information to people is offered for widespread consideration by planners, policy-makers, industry, and the public.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also PB-272693-SET/ST, RRIS 15 169108; RRIS Bulletin 7802. Also available in set of 3 reports PC E17, PB-272 693-SET.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Stanford Research Institute

    333 Ravenswood Avenue
    Menlo Park, CA  USA  94025

    National Science Foundation

    Research Applied to National Needs
    Washington, DC  USA  20550
  • Authors:
    • Harkness, R C
  • Publication Date: 1977-5

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  • Pagination: 195 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00169107
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NSF/RA-770157 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: NSF-C1025
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 30 1978 12:00AM