|Re: Bell Divestiture|
20 Jun 2005 00:00:00 EDT
Robert Bonomi wrote:|
> Revisionist history at work. Computer "time sharing" did not exist
> _at_all_ before mid-1964.
It was running at Dartmouth College -- the pioneer -- in 1963.
It quickly became a commercial service.
Let's remember too that dataphones were coming into use. In 1964 my
Let's also remember that on-line or "real-time" computer processing
> By 1968, capacity was up to several dozen simultaneous-use
By 1968 even public schools had dial up time sharing terminals.
> IBM didn't have an interactive time-sharing system offering until
IBM was a late-comer on this and time sharing was a lesser priority.
>> That is a tariff issue. Rates for a business and residential line are
> _WHAT_ business?? In Randy's case it *was* just a hobby. No income,
Repeat: A non-profit is still considered a business. Who paid for
> Well, it was the "Baby Bells" that couldn't handle the demand.
That is irrelevent. We're talking about the pre-divesture Bell
> Same management, same planning process.
NO! Once divesture was decided upon everything the Bell System once
As mentioned, large organizations had to change, too, and spend a lot
As others pointed out, in the new model there was more _specific_
> Speed of call set-up is irrelevant to the number of
Sorry, but faster speed makes for a more efficient system. Faster
>> Regulated monopolies were NOT _guaranteed_ a minimum rate of return.
Others confirmed that statement.
> Western Union and most of the railroads were 'regulated common
The Bell System was a common carrier. Railroads had "monopolies" in
> You are claiming that these features were available on Bell-provided
Go read the Bell Labs Eng & Sci history book and you'll see what they
> Hint: the SxS _was_not_capable_ of *native* touch-tone operation, a
Right. That contradicts your claim that Touch Tone actually saved the
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