Monday, March 12, 2007

Chapter 5, "The First Wire"

“The differences between Europe and America involved more than ownership.” [Page, 154]

Europe chose the state to control the telegraph and telephone network. The United States went a difference way they choose private enterprise; because the United States chose the private ownership route it caused competition and made the telegraphed and telephone better plus more of an advance. Europe’s improvement was minimal. That was not the only differences; American law and policy progressed for telecommunication development. It made the system of communication faster and more advance. Europe’s system was controlled and not growing television technology. It was only working in “pre-telegraphic era”. The United States in contrast telephone was working in household and business everywhere.

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At 8:55 PM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

Good discussion.

What are the consequences of the choices made in the U.S. about ownership of the telegraph? Is there anything good about state ownership? What were the pluses and minuses? Was the U.S. approach just better? How did the government subsidize the development of a telegraph system?


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