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Offer the Prize

There is at least one enabling public utility technology (see Reference 4 for an example) that can deliver on the VD-3 universal access promise. The public sector may need to acknowledge that this form of public utility service, like all others before it, requires a "federal franchise" to operate as a regulated monopoly. Such a franchise will be required in order to attract the necessary capital to build an information superpower system. This approach worked before as the Bell system. With a pioneering spirit, it can work again for a new generation of Americans.


[1] Thompson, Jack. 1995. "The DTMF-TV Telecomputer Model Offers the Most Economical Approach to Interactive TV," GNOSTECH Inc., Annandale, Va.

[2] Thompson, "The DTMF-TV Telecomputer Model," 1995.

[3] "The Awakening 2.0," the comments of GNOSTECH Incorporated to the FCC's Proposed Rulemaking on Video Dialtone (Common Carrier Docket No. 87-266), 1991.

[4] United States Patent No. 5,236,199, "Interactive Media System and Telecomputing Method Using Telephone Keypad Signaling."

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