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Telecommunications History & Policy into the 21st Century

Telecommunications History & Policy into the 21st Century

Telecommunications History & Policy into the 21st Century provides a succinct overview of the telecommunications environment and the factors that have shaped this industry from its inception through 2009. As a former executive with AT&T, Mr. Fulle shares his professional knowledge of an industry that is evolving at an increasing rate.


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Telecommunications History & Policy into the 21st Century provides a succinct overview of the telecommunications environment and the factors that have shaped this industry from its inception through 2009. As a former executive with AT&T, Mr. Fulle shares his professional knowledge of an industry that is evolving at an increasing rate. This book provides a valuable examination of the evolution and complexity of the telecommunications industry, not only from its technological advances, but through actual business case studies and analysis of the four components of industry change: technology, regulatory and legal policy, market forces and security. Each chapter provides a brief summary of key concepts and a list of study questions to invoke discussion and review. While the events of the past have been significant and important, the best is yet to come! Professor Ron Fulle is a graduate of the State University of New York at Oswego where he received a BS in Mathematics, and he holds a MS in Telecommunications from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has over twenty-five years of industry experience and is currently teaching at Rochester Institute of Technology in the Telecommunications Engineering Technology program.

 

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Details

Publisher: RIT Press (01/2010)
ISBN-13: 978-1-933360-39-3
Pages: 252
Size: 6"x9"
Shipping Weight: 0.6lb

Reviews

“This book addresses an interesting and important topic and is well designed as either a textbook for a telecommunications policy course or a book for a general reader who wants grounding in the last 25 years of the telecommunications industry and policy. The study questions at the end of the chapters are particularly good!” 
— Gregg Sayre, Associate General Counsel, Eastern Region, Frontier Communications

“Professor Fulle allowed me to use a pre-publication manuscript of this book for a 2009 Telecom Policy class that I taught. Students found the book to be easy to understand and forthright. They liked the book, learned from it and rated it highly.” 
— Gidon Lissai, Software Engineer, Lenel Systems International Inc. and Adjunct Professor, Rochester Institute of Technolog

Table of Contents

Preface ix
1 The Beginning through Predivestiture 1 
The Beginning 1 
Early Years 1838-1894 5 
Competitive Years 1894-1907 6 
Decline in Competition 1908-1918 7 
Height of AT&T’s Power 1918-1949 10 
Competition and Deregulation 1949-Predivestiture 12 
Summary 14 
Alexander Graham Bell 15 
Chapter 1 Study Questions 18

2 A Digression: Basic Telecommunication Technology, Policy, and Concepts 21 
Networks 21 
Numbers 28 
Toll Free Service 34 
U.S. Telecommunications Policy 48 
Concepts 55 
Summary 59 
Chapter 2 Study Questions 60

3 Divestiture — A Momentous Phenomenon 65 
Technology Effects 67 
Policy Effects 69 
Market Forces 71 
Summary 75 
Chapter 3 Study Questions 77

4 Postdivestiture through the Beginning of the Internet Age 79 
Regional Bell Operating Companies 79 
AT&T 1984-1995 83 Summary 88 
Chapter 4 Study Questions 91

5 Telecommunications Act of 1996 93 
Act Overview 95 Title I 99 
A Retrospective View 107 
Summary 110 
Chapter 5 Study Questions 111

6 The New Millennium Through 2009 115 
Summary 128 
Chapter 6 Study Questions 130

7 Crystal-ball the Future! 133 
The Possible 133 
The Near Term; the Probable 136 
Summary 150 
Chapter 7 Study Questions 152

8 The End of the Beginning: A New Beginning 155 
Chapter 8 Study Questions 159

Appendix: Case Studies 161 
Case Study 1: PAETEC 163 
Case 1 Study Questions 177 
Case Study 2: Independent Telephone Companies Embarq & Ontario Trumansburg Telephone 181 
Case 2 Study Questions 196 
Case Study 3: Fiber Optics, the Non-carrier Opportunity! 199 
Case 3 Study Questions 210 
Glossary of Terms 211 
Bibliography 223 
Index 231

 

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