Political Economy of Telecommunications

Political Economy of Telecommunications

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by Alan Stone
     
 

The telecommunications industry is the most dynamic sector of the U.S. economy and a driving force of economic and social change worldwide. In this study of the interplay of technological innovation, entrepreneurship, and public policy, the author of Wrong Number: The Breakup of AT&T traces the telecommunication industry's evolution from the invention of the telegraph… See more details below

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The telecommunications industry is the most dynamic sector of the U.S. economy and a driving force of economic and social change worldwide. In this study of the interplay of technological innovation, entrepreneurship, and public policy, the author of Wrong Number: The Breakup of AT&T traces the telecommunication industry's evolution from the invention of the telegraph to the introduction of the web. In the process he shows how once discrete communications sectors have converged in a new hypercommunications structure that is reshaping the world economy. In its interdisciplinary reach, the book examines engineering, judicial, legislative, and administrative developments as well as the internal policies and external relations of firms such as AT&T. Finally, and with appropriate caution, the author attempts to assess the probable future impact of telecommunications on public life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563245763
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/31/1997
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.88(d)
Lexile:
1510L (what's this?)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Table of Contents

Preface
1From the Telegraph to Hypercommunications3
2The Rise of AT&T21
3The Assault Begins41
4MCI and the Long-Distance Challenge61
5The Biggest Case in History81
6Internationalization and Competition106
7The Wireless Revolution131
8A Marriage Made in Heaven: Computers and Communications156
9Telecommunications Turbulence191
Notes213
Index232

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