What is it about?
The AT&T divestiture in the late 1980s opened the floodgates of regulatory, market, technology and behavioral changes in the telecom and later all information technology markets. This paper is a pioneering and insightful look into these momentous changes.
Why is it important?
Most aspects of contemporary information and communication technologies, especially in terms of media and telecom, can be traced to the 1980s AT&T divestiture. This paper is a portal into these changes, and of course much more careful and detailed work -- historical, contemporary, and projective -- is needed.
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This page is a summary of: Deregulating markets and fast-changing technology, Telecommunications Policy, January 1994, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/0308-5961(94)90090-6.
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Ruby Roy Dholakia - Pioneer of Telecom, E-Commerce, M-Commerce and Social Media research
Following this paper, an insightful stream of research developed under the direction of Professor Ruby Roy Dholakia at the University of Rhode Island (URI), examining multiple aspects of Telecom, E-Commerce, M-Commerce, Social Media, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Smart Homes, Internet of Things, and many related aspects of technology-induced changes in markets and consumer behaviors.
Google Scholar Page: Nikhilesh Dholakia
Tech-markets-consumers research stream of Nikhilesh Dholakia (plus his other works)
Telecom Divestiture - Resource 1
1987 article in Berkeley Law Review.
Telecom Divestiture - Resource 2
Summary of a report, 20 years after the AT&T divestiture.
Telecom Divestiture - Resource 3
Article reviews multiple books that came up after the divestiture.
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