Philosophical backgrounds of universal service in Korea and the US

보편적 서비스의 철학적 근거에 대한 한·미간 비교연구 : 보편적 서비스의 추진 배경과 동기를 중심으로

Kim, Sung-Wook;Kwak, No-Jin

  • Received : 2018.11.15
  • Accepted : 2019.01.20
  • Published : 2019.01.28


By a comparative study of the philosophical backgrounds of universal service in Korea and the US, this research finds that Korea has paid little attention to the relations between universal service and basic human rights even though it has rapidly and successfully implemented universal service of telephone and the internet services in the past. Based on this key finding, it reaches a conclusion that Korea should adopt a new approach in implementing universal service in the future, considering the goals and contributions to the improvement of the basic human rights of universal service because economic goals have been main drivers of the implementation of universal service so far in Korea, which is not appropriate and suitable for the information society that new telecom services are rapidly emerging.


Universal service;Net neutrality;Telephone service;Internet service;Mobile data service


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Supported by : National Research Foundation of Korea