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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.
 Thompson, Jack. 1995. "The DTMF-TV
Telecomputer Model Offers the Most Economical Approach to
Interactive TV," GNOSTECH Inc., Annandale, Va.
 Thompson, "The DTMF-TV Telecomputer
 "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.
 United States Patent No. 5,236,199,
"Interactive Media System and Telecomputing Method Using Telephone