The People's Network

The People's Network reconstructs the story of U.S. and Canadian independent telephone companies which challenged the Bell System's market domination in the twentieth century, linking the fight to control telecommunications to dueling political philosophies: regional versus national identity, local versus centralized power.

The People's Network
The Political Economy of the Telephone in the Gilded Age

Robert MacDougall

2014 | 344 pages | Cloth $59.95
American History / Technology and Engineering
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Table of Contents

Introduction. A Fight with an Octopus
Chapter 1. All Telephones Are Local
Chapter 2. Visions of Telephony
Chapter 3. Unnatural Monopoly
Chapter 4. The Independent Alternative
Chapter 5. The Politics of Scale
Chapter 6. The System Gospel
Conclusion. Return to Middletown