Overview of Data Communications

  • William J. Barksdale
Part of the Applications of Communications Theory book series (ACTH)


The fundamental purpose of this chapter is to provide the reader with a suitable framework upon which to place the more detailed material of the following chapters. In order to develop a practical working knowledge of a highly complex and interdisciplinary subject like data communications it is imperative to initially understand some elementary terminology, some of the historical basis for the field, the major categories and components involved, and the current environment within which it must exist. This chapter treats all of these aspects so as to provide some preliminary perspective on practical computer data communications.


Data Communication Federal Communication Commission Network Control System International Standard Organization Packet Switching 


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Copyright information

© Plenum Press, New York 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • William J. Barksdale
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  1. 1.South TEC AssociatesHuntsvilleUSA

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