Telecommunication Networks: Economy, Ecology, Rule

Cubitt, Sean. 2014. Telecommunication Networks: Economy, Ecology, Rule. Theory, Culture & Society, 31(7-8), pp. 185-199. ISSN 0263-2764 [Article]

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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.

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infrastructure, internet, media, mobile network systems, telecommunications

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies


2 February 2014Published Online
1 December 2014Published

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13 Oct 2015 16:17

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29 Apr 2020 16:12

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