• Simone Fari


1865 marked the second turning point in the telegraph communications market with the abolition of the flat charge and public opinion building up in favour of nationalization as the only way to redress an inefficient and costly telegraph service. The following year Frank Ives Scudamore drew up for the Post Office a first official plan for the Government’s acquisition of British telegraph network. Then in early 1868 the Bill was presented in Parliament and approved with only a few minor amendments. The next year a second Telegraph Bill was discussed, with the aim of establishing a government monopoly and the indemnity for the telegraph companies. As of 1 January 1870 the British network was Government-run, as in all European states. The surprising speed with which the project was realized was due basically to two facts. Firstly, customer dissatisfaction was by then well entrenched and rising rapidly with the strengthening of the oligopoly. Secondly, the opposition of the telegraph companies and the railroads gave way at once, as they were all open to financial negotiations.


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  • Simone Fari
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  1. 1.University of GranadaSpain

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