Chronology of Communication in the United States


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About the Book

The history of communication in the United States is linked to the ongoing development of electronics in the United States. The country started out with the usual communication tools of speech, writing, and books. The telegraph, which is now a part of history more than an active part of the present, was the first milestone in moving from conventional communication forms to electronic communication. It is almost a direct line from the telegraph to the telephone, and thence to movies, phonograph records, and radio and television broadcasting. The invention of the transistor in 1948, and the development of semiconductor manufacturing that followed, enabled new communication tools such as communication satellites, fiber optics, cell phones and LEOS, the personal computer, and the internet, to be built.
This chronology spans 1673 to 2004. Also included are appendices covering such topics as the electromagnetic spectrum; growth of United States cell phone subscribers; worldwide growth of cell phone subscribers compared to main telephone lines; radiotelegraphy compared to radiotelephony; and transistors, integrated circuits and microprocessors.

About the Author(s)

Statistical analyst Russell O. Wright is the author of a series of Chronology reference works on subjects including American housing, education, immigration, public health, transportation, and the stock market. He is also the author of several McFarland baseball books and lives in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

Bibliographic Details

Russell O. Wright
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 184
Bibliographic Info: tables, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2004
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2019-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1191-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vi

Introduction      1

Chronology of Communication      41

Appendix 1: The Technology of Electronic Communication      145

Appendix 2: The Cell-Phone Explosion      150

Appendix 3: Radiotelegraphy Compared to Radiotelephony      155

Appendix 4: From Transistors to Integrated Circuits to Microprocessors      160

Bibliography      165

Index      169

Book Reviews & Awards

“useful…recommended”—Choice; “a well-thought-out presentation, highly readable and deserving of space in communication history, and general reference collections”—ARBA; “a useful contribution”—Communication Booknotes Quarterly.