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The second information revolution

Author: Gerald W Brock
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Brock traces the complex history of this revolution, from its roots in World War II through the bursting bubble of the Internet economy. As he explains, the revolution sprang from a concatenation of technological advances, entrepreneurial innovations, and changes to public policy. Innovations in radar, computers, and electronic components for defense projects translated into rapid expansion in the private sector,
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Genre/Form: Electronic information resources
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gerald W Brock
ISBN: 0674011783 9780674011786
OCLC Number: 51764273
Description: xiv, 322 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
The promise of regulation --
Conceptual framework --
2. The first information revolution --
The development of telegraph services --
The telephone and state regulation --
Radio and federal regulation --
3. Technological origins of the second information Revolution, 1940-1950 --
Radar --
The transistor --
Electronic digital computers --
4. The SAGE project --
I. The separate worlds of computers and communications, 1950-1968 --
5. The early semiconductor industry --
The creation of a competitive market --
Innovation and the integrated circuit --
Falling prices, rising output --
6. The early commercial computer industry --
Vacuum-tube and transistor computers --
The system/360 and IBM dominance --
Alternatives to IBM computers --
7. The regulated monopoly telephone industry --
Antitrust and the 1956 consent decree --
Microwave technology and potential long distance competition --
Central office switches --
Terminal equipment --
II. Boundary disputes and limited competition, 1969-1984 --
8. Data communications --
Packet-switching and the arpanet --
Network protocols and interconnection --
Local area networks and ethernet --
9. From mainframes to microprocessors --
Intel and the microprocessor --
Personal computers and workstations --
10. The computer-communications boundary --
Computer-assisted messages: Communications or data processing? --
Smart terminals" Teletypewriters or computers? --
Interconnection of customer-owned equipment with the telephone network --
The deregulation of terminal equipment --
The deregulation of enhanced services --
11. Fringe competition in long distance telephone service --
Competition in specialized services --
Competition in switched services --
The transition to optical fiber --
12. Divestiture and access charges --
The divestiture --
Access charges --
The enhanced service provider exemption --
III. Interconnected competition and integrated services, 1985-2002 --
13. Mobile telephones and spectrum reform --
Early land mobile telephones --
Cellular spectrum allocation --
Cellular licensing problems --
Spectrum instructional reform --
PCS and auctions --
14. Local competition and the Telecommunications Act of 1996 --
Competitive access providers --
Interconnection: CAP to CLEC --
The Telecommunications Act of 1996 --
Implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 --
15. The Internet and the World Wide Web --
The commercial Internet and backbone interconnection --
The development of the Web --
The new economy financial boom and bust --
Real growth in telecommunication and price benefits --
16. Conclusion --
Technological progress and policy evolution --
The process of institutional change --
Final comment.
Responsibility: Gerald W. Brock.

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