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information superhighway

1.
a large-scale communications network providing a variety of often interactive services, as text databases, e-mail, and audio and video materials, accessed through computers, television sets, etc.
Also called data highway.
Origin
1975-80
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British Dictionary definitions for information superhighway

information superhighway

noun
1.
the concept of a worldwide network of computers capable of transferring all types of digital information at high speed
2.
another name for the internet
Informal name information highway
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information superhighway in Culture

information superhighway definition


A term that describes all of the infrastrucure, including cable, satellites, and assorted hardware, that allows information to be transferred at great speed over large distances to all people.

Note: The term implies an analogy between the construction of an information infrastructure in the Internet age with the construction of the interstate highway system constructed in the last half of the twentieth century.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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information superhighway in Technology
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(Or "Infobahn", "Info Strada") The name coined by US Vice-president Al Gore in the early 1990s for the emerging high-speed global communications network capable of carrying voice, data, video, and other services around the world. These services use satellite, copper cable, optical fibre, cellular telecommunications, and are accessible via set-top boxes or suitably equipped computers.
See also National Information Infrastructure.
(2001-03-31)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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