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The Resource Network nation : inventing American telecommunications, Richard R. John

Network nation : inventing American telecommunications, Richard R. John

Label
Network nation : inventing American telecommunications
Title
Network nation
Title remainder
inventing American telecommunications
Statement of responsibility
Richard R. John
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The telegraph and the telephone were the first electrical communications networks to become hallmarks of modernity. Yet they were not initially expected to achieve universal accessibility. In this pioneering history of their evolution, Richard R. John demonstrates how access to these networks was determined not only by technological imperatives and economic incentives but also by political decision making at the federal, state, and municipal levels. In the decades between the Civil War and the First World War, Western Union and the Bell System emerged as the dominant providers for the telegraph and telephone. Both operated networks that were products not only of technology and economics but also of a distinctive political economy. Western Union arose in an antimonopolistic political economy that glorified equal rights and vilified special privilege. The Bell System flourished in a progressive political economy that idealized public utility and disparaged unnecessary waste. The popularization of the telegraph and the telephone was opposed by business lobbies that were intent on perpetuating specialty services. In fact, it wasn't until 1900 that the civic ideal of mass access trumped the elitist ideal of exclusivity in shaping the commercialization of the telephone. The telegraph did not become widely accessible until 1910, sixty-five years after the first fee-for-service telegraph line opened in 1845. Network Nation places the history of telecommunications within the broader context of American politics, business, and discourse. This engrossing and provocative book persuades us of the critical role of political economy in the development of new technologies and their implementation
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Cataloging source
N$T
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1959-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
John, Richard R.
Dewey number
384
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Language note
In English
LC call number
TK5102.3.U6
LC item number
J64 2010eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Telecommunication
  • BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
  • TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING
  • Telecommunication
  • United States
  • Telecommunicatie
  • Verenigde Staten
Label
Network nation : inventing American telecommunications, Richard R. John
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 425-500) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Making a neighborhood of a nation -- Professor Morse's lightning -- Antimonopoly -- The new postalic dispensation -- Rich man's mail -- The talking telegraph -- Telephomania -- Second nature -- Gray wolves -- Universal service -- One great medium?
Control code
760887322
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 520 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780674056527
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.4159/9780674056527
Other physical details
illustrations, map
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt1349hzt
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)760887322
Label
Network nation : inventing American telecommunications, Richard R. John
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 425-500) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Making a neighborhood of a nation -- Professor Morse's lightning -- Antimonopoly -- The new postalic dispensation -- Rich man's mail -- The talking telegraph -- Telephomania -- Second nature -- Gray wolves -- Universal service -- One great medium?
Control code
760887322
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 520 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780674056527
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.4159/9780674056527
Other physical details
illustrations, map
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt1349hzt
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)760887322

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