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Chapter 1. How Internet Telephone Calls ... > Riding the Internet Past the Telepho...

1.3. Riding the Internet Past the Telephone Companies

AT&T ruled the telephone world in the U.S., and by example, most of the rest of the world, with a bureaucratic and noninnovative fist. There were telephones and there were computers, but the two were kept strictly separate by AT&T management and Congress until outside events forced them to change in 1968.


Note:

Acronym Alert

POTS = Plain Old Telephone System, PSTN = Public Switched Telephone Network.



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