The best summary for this section is simply a quotation from the MITIreport: "As described above, advanced information technology will disseminaterapidly in the industrial sector following the principle of economicrationality, if the economic effects are greater than the costs involved.However, the introduction of information technology to homes is attainable onlyif consumers become used to the new forms of service apart from the issue ofcost. If the costs are reduced, advanced utilization of information in thisarea will be rapidly realized, with increased demand for services providingone-way transmission of images such as video-on-demand and home shopping, orservices utilizing packaged media including CD-ROM."

Published: February 1999; WTECHyper-Librarian