Communities, Communications and Change: The Dialectic of Development in US Telecommunications

  • Kevin Morgan
  • Douglas Pitt


No attempt will be made within the short compass of this chapter to provide a compendious review of developments and changes which have characterised the US telecommunications policy sector in the twentieth century. Such material is readily available elsewhere.1 However, before attempting to outline and analyse contemporary developments in the wake of deregulation and divestiture we will remind readers of the ‘significant events’ which have punctuated twentieth-century history of US telecommunications with specific reference to the field of ‘common carrier’.2 (A full history of the deregulating measures is provided in Chapter 9.)


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Notes and References

  1. 1.
    See, for example, J. Brooks, Telephone: The First Hundred Years (New York, Harper & Row, 1975).Google Scholar
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    L. A. Schlesinger et al., Chronicles of Corporate Change (Lexington, Mass., D. C. Heath, 1987).Google Scholar
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    Michael D. Reagan, Regulation: The Politics of Policy (Boston, Little, Brown & Co., 1987).Google Scholar
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    For this and other developments in this early period, see C. H. Sterling, Decision to Divest (Washington DC Communications Press, 1986) (introduction).Google Scholar
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    Quoted in L. S. Hyman, et al., The New Telecommunications Industry: Evolution and Organisation (New York, Merrill Lynch, 1987).Google Scholar
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    See, for example, Manley R. Irwin, ‘Telecommunications and Government: The US Experience’, in S. Wilks and M. Wright (eds), Comparative Government-Industry Relations (Oxford, Clarendon, 1987).Google Scholar
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    Dan Schiller, Telematics and Government (New York, Ablex, 1982) p. 35.Google Scholar
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    See Larry Kahaner, On The Line: How MCI Took On AT&T and Won (New York, Warner, 1986).Google Scholar
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    For a full discussion of Judge Greene’s role see J. Huntley and D. Pitt, ‘Judicial Policy-Making: The Greeneing of US Telecommunications’, International Review of Law and Economics, 10 (1990) pp. 77–100.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    See, for example, H. Rivera, ‘Changing Direction in the Telecommunications Industry’, Public Utilities Fortnightly, (7 March 1985) pp. 15–17;Google Scholar
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    Judge Harold Greene, ‘Opinion’, Federal Supplement, 552 (11 August 1982).Google Scholar
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  • Douglas Pitt

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