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From the birth of Teleport Communications in a junk-strewn field on Staten Island to a $30 billion industry at the turn of the millennium, this book documents the creation of the competitive local telephone industry. More than a story of the birth, rise and, sometimes, death of corporate entities, this is about the people who dreamed dreams that could only be achieved by changing the world.
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Dr. Richard G. Tomlinson has viewed the emergence of the competitive telecommunications industry from a ring-side seat. A former research scientist with a deep understanding of the technology, president of Connecticut Research, Inc., a telecommunications management consulting company, founder of the most widely followed annual report on the CLEC industry, he is a well-known author, speaker and historian.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
Successful revolutions leave as a legacy an air of inevitability. The chaos, doubt and uncertainty that reigned during their creation fade from memory. Events lose their granularity. The possible roles of chance and accident are dismissed. The collective memory embraces an image of smoothly flowing history that seemingly could not have been resisted, diverted nor avoided. Discrete actions of individuals no longer seem so momentous. It becomes difficult to imagine how events might have evolved in any way other than how they actually transpired.
For those who were active participants in the revolution, it will always be quite different. They retain the knowledge of the sense of anxiety and of the reality of the threat of failure and defeat that accompanied those days. Rather than being fore-ordained, eventual outcomes seem more fragile and quixotic and more the product of isolated and sometimes arbitrary decisions and actions by individuals. The motivations of these individuals, as they knew them, were more complex and conflicted than they appear in retrospect. Revolutionary change proceeds unevenly. Virtue didn't always win.
Following the breakup of the AT&T Bell System in 1984, telecommunications in the United States and, ultimately, worldwide was launched on a new path. While this set the stage for the revolution, it was not the revolution. That came as the telecommunications industry began an erratic transition from monopoly to competition. In the process, the rules, the technology, the business structures, the markets and the consumers all were changed. State and federal laws were rewritten, and monopoly structures were undermined. A diverse collection of feisty, entrepreneurial competitors arose to challenge the established local telephone companies. Entering the year 2000, these competitors, not one of which existed in 1983, were well on their way to becoming the establishment.
This book documents the creation of the competitive local telephone industry and analyzes its history in both its corporate and human dimensions. It seeks to reveal what transpired behind the scenes as well as on the public stage, to illuminate the why and the how and, perhaps, to gain insight into the "what next."
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Book Description Penobscot Pr, 2000. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0967874009
Book Description Penobscot Pr, 2000. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0967874009