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Telecommunications Web

E xploring T elecommunications

"Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true."
Charles Dickens
"Technology is dominated by two types of people: those who understand what they do not manage, and those who manage what they do not understand."


Communication is the process of passing meaningful information from a sender (or location) to a receiver (or another location). Telecommunications is communication by electrical or electromagnetic means over a distance.

   Telecommunications is important to study because it is used widely and is an important part of our lives at work and at home.  Like any discipline, telecommunications has its own history, terminology and applications to be learned.

Telecommunications Terminology

Major Players in Telecommunications

Commercial Providers


History of Telecommunications

  1. Pre-regulatory period (<1934)
    	 1910  Mann-Elkins Act
    	 1912  Kingsbury Commitment
    	 1921  Graham Act
    	 1934  Communications Act of 1934
  2. Growth of Regulation (1934-1956)
  3. Beginning of Deregulation & Divestiture (1956-1983)
  4. Open Competition (1983 - present)
    1. Computer Inquiry III (1987)
    2. Telecommunications Act of 1996

    Future of Telecommunications

    Check the following sources for further information:

    Rowe II, Stanford H. (1999)
    Telecommunications for Managers, Prentice Hall, 4th Edition
    Cole, Marion (1998)
    Telecommunications, Prentice Hall, 1st Edition
    In this lesson you will use the Internet to research information on telecommunications and then write a résumé on your results.