Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

The Focus of this Dissertation
Summary of Argument and Chapter Outline
Chapter 2: How the Federal Government Created the Internet, and How the Internet is Threatened by The Government's Withdrawal The Origin of the Internet and the Technical Triumph of the Government's Role Economic Triumph of the Government & the Pitfalls of Privatization The Perils of Privatization Regional Production Districts as an Alternative to Monopoly? Chapter 3: Federal Spending and the Regionalization of Technology Development Early History of the Valley: Building the Social Capital of Technological Innovation
World War II and its Aftermath Fuels the Explosion of Bay Area High-Tech Firms
Silicon Comes to the Valley: Semiconductors and Defense-Driven Entrepreneurs
Augmentation vs. Automation: The Internet Origins in Silicon Valley
Xerox PARC: Making it Personal
Did the Government Create the High Tech Industry?
The Regional Economic Effects of High-Tech
Sun Microsystems & Open Standards: Making Virtue a Commercial Necessity
Cisco and the Commerce of InterNetworking
Destroying the Village to Save It: Netscape and the Web Standards War
Network Computers & Massive Parallel Processing: The Bay Area challenges the Personal Computer
Conclusion: The Engineer's Lament-- Technology and Its Discontents    
Chapter 4: Business Cooperation and the Business Politics of Regions in the Information Age What is a Region in the New Economy
The Politics of Regional Revival: Conceiving a "Smart Valley" Standards and the Post-Industrial Politics of Regions
The Role of Consortia in the New Economy The Role of Standards in the New Economy
Silicon Valley's Regional Model versus its Rivals
Silicon Valley as Corporate Center for High Technology
Inequality and the Contingent Future for Non-elite workers
Regional Polarization and the Politics of Abandonment
Chapter 5: Banks, Electricity and Phones- Technology, Regional Decline and the Marketization of Fixed Capital From Frank Capra to Virtual Banking Technological Regionalism and Global Banking Electrifying the Internet : The Marketization of Electric Utility Networks Cream-Skimming the Old Bell System or, How Subsidies and Regulation made Phone "Deregulation" and the Internet Possible Economic Standards/Technological Standards: The Collapse of Regional Economic Models Chapter 6: Prop 13 Meets the Internet- How State and Local Government Finances are Becoming Road Kill On The Information Superhighway "A House of Cards"
How Real is the Danger of the Internet to Local Taxes?
Why States Can't Collect Mail Order Taxes: The Quill Decision
Why Saving the Sales Tax Requires More Intrusive Government Regulation
Sales Taxes and the Effects on the Poor
Technology, Suburbanization and Prop 13
Sales Taxes and the Distortions of Economic Development
Conclusion    
Chapter 7: The Public Information Superhighway- Government Up for Bid in Virtual Competition ; Wiring government and communities Technology and the Transformation of Civic Government Databases and the Privatization of Public Information Prostrate governments in the information age Chapter 8: Conclusion- The Death of Community Economics, or Think Locally, Act Globally
Conclusion: Global Links to the Politics of Place Bibliography