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Two wars are being fought for control of the world's information highway - one for the infrastructure, the other for what is piped along it. Victor Keegan considers whether these corporate battles willcreate giant monopolies or empower the individual (or both)

By Victor Keegan   January 1997

The information revolution will soon reach a critical point in its brief but seismic history. It will shortly have to prove whether it can become a mass movement or whether it will remain the plaything of a digital elite-those able to afford the ?1,000 or so needed to buy the computer and modem required to gain access to the internet.

The phrase “information technology revolution” has been repeated so often it has become a clich?efore the actual event it describes has taken place. It is 15 years since Margaret Thatcher declared 1982 to be information technology year complete with its…

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