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Communications Under the Seas: The Evolving Cable Network and Its Implications

Bernard Finn and Daqing Yang


By the end of the twentieth century, fiber-optic technology had made possible a worldwide communications system of breathtaking speed and capacity. This network is the latest evolution of communications technologies that began with undersea telegraph cables in the 1850s and continued with coaxial telephone cables a hundred years later. This book traces the development of these technologies and assesses their social, economic, and political effects. If we cannot predict the ultimate consequences of today—s wired world’its impact on economic markets, free expression, and war and peace—or the out ... More

Keywords: fiber-optic technology, worldwide communications system, communications technologies, undersea cables, coaxial telephone cables, economic markets, free expression, wireless technology, technical developments, nineteenth-century entrepreneurs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780262012867
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262012867.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bernard Finn, editor

Daqing Yang, editor

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