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The Possibility of Establishing Universal Mobile Phone Service Policy: The Case of South Korea

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This study explores the possibility of applying universal service policy ideal on mobile phone service which alters plain old telephone service(POTS). Major findings of this study are as follows. First, in the case of South Korea, the penetration rate of mobile phone has reached 83% nationally, and 70% of whole people's communication demand based on mobile phone service. This findings indicate that mobile phone became an essential social communication medium. Nonetheless, more than 10% out of total population still remains unaccessable to mobile phone service because of their geographic, financial, and physical difficulties. Second, the oligopolistic market structure has been impeding workable competition, and this fact suggests that diffusion of mobile phone service to the least-advantaged people through market competition seems not be possible. Third, universal service policy imperatives of South Korea, United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Australia have institutional flexibility regarding expanding the scope of universal service. After these examinations, this paper argues that mobile phones became one of 'bare essentials' what should constitute a universal service package. Whilst it is important to consider issues of economic efficiency in the communications sector, this should neither obscure nor compromise the need to create progressive, socially responsible, universal service reflective of the requirements of 21st century users.
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Lee, Hyunwoo. "The Possibility of Establishing Universal Mobile Phone Service Policy: The Case of South Korea" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott, Chicago, IL, <Not Available>. 2017-09-11 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p298395_index.html>

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Lee, H. "The Possibility of Establishing Universal Mobile Phone Service Policy: The Case of South Korea" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott, Chicago, IL <Not Available>. 2017-09-11 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p298395_index.html

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Abstract: This study explores the possibility of applying universal service policy ideal on mobile phone service which alters plain old telephone service(POTS). Major findings of this study are as follows. First, in the case of South Korea, the penetration rate of mobile phone has reached 83% nationally, and 70% of whole people's communication demand based on mobile phone service. This findings indicate that mobile phone became an essential social communication medium. Nonetheless, more than 10% out of total population still remains unaccessable to mobile phone service because of their geographic, financial, and physical difficulties. Second, the oligopolistic market structure has been impeding workable competition, and this fact suggests that diffusion of mobile phone service to the least-advantaged people through market competition seems not be possible. Third, universal service policy imperatives of South Korea, United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Australia have institutional flexibility regarding expanding the scope of universal service. After these examinations, this paper argues that mobile phones became one of 'bare essentials' what should constitute a universal service package. Whilst it is important to consider issues of economic efficiency in the communications sector, this should neither obscure nor compromise the need to create progressive, socially responsible, universal service reflective of the requirements of 21st century users.


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