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Superhighway Summit

The Superhighway Summit was held at Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and Jeffrey Cole and Geoffrey Cowan, the former co-directors of UCLA's Center for Communication Policy. [2] It was introduced by former UCLA Chancellor, Andrea L. Rich and its keynote speaker was Vice President Al Gore.


  • Background 1
  • Partial list of participants 2
  • Highlights 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • Footnotes 6
  • External links 7


Who were the Thirty leaders in the area of communications presided over the event which had an attendance of over 1800 people? It "was broadcast live on [1]

Partial list of participants


The conference was given extensive coverage by Cynthia Lee and Linda Steiner Lee over two issues of UCLA TODAY (January 13 and 27, 1994). In the article, Gore Details Telecommunications Ideas, Lee and Lee gave an overview of the opening speech given by Vice President Gore.[6] They commented that "Vice President Al Gore outlined the Clinton Administration's proposals to reform the communications marketplace and challenged his audience to provide links from the so-called information superhighway to every classroom, library, hospital, and clinic in the country by the year 2000 [...] 'We have a dream information superhighway that can save lives, create jobs and give every American, young and old, the chance for the best education available to anyone, anywhere,' Gore said." [7] During his talk, "Ernestine" (the fictional telephone operator created by Lily Tomlin for Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In) made a surprise appearance. She complained "about the confusing and rapid transformation of communications technology. The Vice president laughingly assured Ernestine that the new technology would be simple to understand and available to all Americans." [7]

In the follow-up article, CEO's Ponder Direction of Information Superhighway, Cynthia Lee stated that leaders at the conference noted that the future of the Information Superhighway was still uncertain. " 'Here we are, all ready to go cruising off down this new information superhighway,' said Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, during one of the panel discussions, 'and we really don't know where we are going. It's the first time we will be moving in a certain direction when we don't even know our final destination.' " [8] Geoffrey Cowan, the former co-director of UCLA's Center for Communication Policy, indicated that the key concept of the Information Superhighway was Interactivity or "the ability for the consumer to control it, to decide what they want to receive, and the ability of the technology to respond to highly sophisticated consumer demands." [8]

The participants underscored the point that the major challenge of the Information Highway would lie in access or the "gap between those who will have access to it because they can afford to equip themselves with the latest electronic devices and those who can't." [8]

See also

For more information about the early days of the internet, see:


  • Lee, Cynthia and Linda Steiner Lee. Gore Details Telecommunications Ideas. UCLA TODAY, Vol. 14, #9, January 13, 1994:1, 4.[9]
  • Lee, Cynthia. CEO's Ponder Direction of Information Superhighway. UCLA TODAY, Vol. 14, #19, January 27, 1994: 4.[10]


  1. ^ a b UCLA Center for Communication Policy
  2. ^ USC Annenberg School Center for the Digital Future
  3. ^ Ernestine and Gore
  4. ^ Gore, Al (1994-01-11). "Remarks as Delivered by Vice President Al Gore to The Superhighway Summit, Royce Hall, UCLA". Retrieved 2008-10-26. 
  5. ^ Lee, Cynthia and Linda Steiner Lee. Gore Details Telecommunications Ideas. UCLA TODAY: 4
  6. ^ Remarks at Superhighway Summit
  7. ^ a b Lee, Cynthia and Linda Steiner Lee. Gore Details Telecommunications Ideas. UCLA TODAY: 1
  8. ^ a b c Lee, Cynthia. CEO's Ponder Direction of Information Superhighway. UCLA TODAY: 4
  9. ^ UCLA Today
  10. ^ UCLA Today

External links

  • History of the Television Academy
  • UCLA Center for Communication Policy
  • Vice President Proposes National Telecommunications Reform - University of Houston Computer Science listserv
  • Remarks as Delivered by Vice President Al Gore to the Superhighway Summit
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