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The market for wired city services


This paper attempts to develop estimates of the amount and pattern of home use that might ensue if home information/computer systems were introduced into the contemporary social system. This discussion is not intended to have a technological orientation. The services described are possible, and exist, on a small scale. The problems involved in building a large system providing multiple services are deliberately not discussed. The effects of different regulatory climates are also not explored in any detail. We shall be concerned primarily with the market for home use of wired city services.

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