Definitions for "Public Access"
The method by which the public accesses data. Web-based application systems are frequently used to provide information to the public. In this case, an internet application with a web front end is developed and a search engine is used to query the data. Also, voice response units (VRUs) are implemented to support public information provided through a phone interface using a touch tone phone.
Two meanings. In the cable world, this is public-access programming, the ability of the community to create and broadcast their own programming. In the Internet world, this usually means the availability of public computers (sometimes called kiosks) that may be used for web browsing, email and newsgroup reading.
Physical and/or visual access to marine or tidal waters that is available to all members of the general public and therefore not limited to any particular groups of individuals.