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1950-2000

The First Transistor
1st Transistor

At the start of the 1950's, 75% of all telephone lines are party lines, directdistance dialing begins, and a nobel prize is given to the inventors of the transistor.

By 1999, Al Gore had invented the Internet, Napster was created and Voice over Internet Protocol is beginning to be used.

1950
75% of lines are party lines. #TelecomTimeline
1950
The first microwave relay system opens between New York and Chicago. #TelecomTimeline
1950
TV network facilities extended to include 72 TV stations in 42 cities, making TV available to one half the population of the nation.
1951
Directdistance dialing begins, enabling customers to call long distance without operator assistance. #TelecomTimeline
1952
Reynold Johnson, IBM engineer, developed a massive hard disk consisting of fifty platters, each 2 ft wide, that rotated at 1200 rpm.
1952
The first database was implemented on RCA's Bizmac computer. #TelecomTimeline
1953
John Pierce proposes deep space communication. #TelecomTimeline
1954
Gene Amdahl developed the first computer operating system for the IBM 704. #TelecomTimeline
1954
Growing out of attempts to make a silicon transistor, the Solar Battery is developed by Bell Labs. #TelecomTimeline
1954
Raytheon introduces the transistor for hearing aids replacing its line of subminiature tubes. #TelecomTimeline
1954
Sony introduces the first transistor radio that sold for $49.95. #TelecomTimeline
1954
US Air Force's SAGE system sets precedent for computer communications, including use of modems. #TelecomTimeline
1954
Zenith's highly successful hearing aids using subminiature tubes, big as a cigarette pack with separate battery pack sold for $25.00.
1955 (May)
Transmission of Digital Information over Telephone Circuits. #TelecomTimeline
1955
According to Ken Krechmer, A.W. Morten and H.E. Vaughan describe the development of a real modem in their BSTJ paper. #TelecomTimeline
1955
Recorded announcements of disconnected and changed numbers begin to be used in some small dial offices. #TelecomTimeline
1955
Reynold Johnson at IBM develops the first disk drive. #TelecomTimeline
1956
1956 Nobel Prize in Physics is awarded to the inventors of the transistor. Dr. Walter H Brattain, Dr. John Bardeen & Dr. Wm Shockley.
1956
Antitrust suit settled with Consent Decree permitting AT&T to retain Western Electric Co. and to stay within a particular market.
1956
AT&T's Consent Decree. The Department of Justice wanted AT&T to divest itself of Western Electric and license its patents to others.
1956
Telco tariffs did not permit customers to add even shoulder rests, let alone noise reducing Hush-a-Phone cup over the microphone.
1956
The Bell System and the British Post Office inaugurates service on a transatlantic telephone cable, TAT-1. #TelecomTimeline
1956
The first in-the-ear hearing aids appeared. #TelecomTimeline
1956
The Hush-A-Phone case was decided in favor of Hush-A-Phone Corp. Harmless non-Bell equipment may now be attached to the network.
1957
October 4, the Russians launched the first satellite, Sputnik. #TelecomTimeline
1957
Soviet Union launches Sputnik, humanity's first artificial satellite, on October 5. (note date conflicts with date above)
1958
AT&T introduces datasets (modems) for direct connection. #TelecomTimeline
1958
Bell Labs scientists Shawlow and Townes conceive basic principles of the laser. #TelecomTimeline
1958
Jack Kilby, Texas Instruments, developed the first integrated circuit. #TelecomTimeline
1958
TI introduces the silicon-based transistor which soon eclipsed germaninum devices in production volume. #TelecomTimeline
1958
TI introduces the silicon-based transistor. #TelecomTimeline
1959
AT&T introduces the TH-1 1860-channel microwave system. The FCC's Above 890 MHz Decision allowed private microwave systems.
1959
Edward H. Lyon, future founding partner of Cool Telecom, LLP is born. #TelecomTimeline
1959
In the Above 890 ruling, the FCC makes available portions of the radio spectrum to private microwave systems. #TelecomTimeline
1960
AT&T installs first electronic switching system in Morris, IL. There are now 3299 telephone companies. #TelecomTimeline
1960
ECHO I communications satellite is launched on 12 August. Provides first satellite television broadcast of 1962. #TelecomTimeline
1961
Bell Telephone Labs release design information for the touch-tone dial to Western Electric. #TelecomTimeline
1961
Len Kleinrock of MIT publishes "Information Flow in Large Communication Nets", considered a seminal paper on packet-switching theory.
1962 (July 11)
First transatlantic transmission of a TV signal via the TELSTAR satellite. EES™ Electronic Switching Systems is introduced.
1962
American Broadcasting Company requests FCC to allow domestic satellites to distribute TV programs. #TelecomTimeline
1962
Approximately 10,000 computers are in service. #TelecomTimeline
1962
AT&T introduces T-1 multiplex service in Skokie, IL. Telephone cables now start to use plastic insulation. #TelecomTimeline
1962
Comsat formed. #TelecomTimeline
1962
Mark W. Mumma, future founding partner of Cool Telecom, LLP is born. #TelecomTimeline
1962
Paul Baron of RAND introduces the idea of distributed packet-switching networks. #TelecomTimeline
1962
United States Congress passes the Communications Satellite Act. T1 carrier is put into commercial service. #TelecomTimeline
1963 (January 1)
AIEE and IRE merge to form IEEE. #TelecomTimeline
1963
Microwave Communications Inc. (MCI) filed FCC application to offer voice and data services over a microwave system it wanted to build
1964 (July 1)
IEEE Group on Communication Technology is formed. #TelecomTimeline
1964
An improved stock ticker tape machine (designed, developed and manufactured by Teletype Corporation) #TelecomTimeline
1964
Douglas Englebart at SRI patented the idea of the mouse. #TelecomTimeline
1964
George Heilmeier, at RCA's research labs, invents the liquid crystal display. #TelecomTimeline
1964
IBM releases its famous Model 360 computer that eventually led to $100 billion in sales over its life cycle. #TelecomTimeline
1964
Picturephone attracts crowds at the New York World's Fair. #TelecomTimeline
1964
Touch-Tone telephones introduced. #TelecomTimeline
1965 (April 6)
The Soviet Union launches its first communications satellite and carried out transmissions of television programs.
1965
"Improved Mobile Telephone Service" directly connects car phones to the rest of AT&T's network. #TelecomTimeline
1965
AT&T introduces stored program controlled switching. There are now 2421 telephone companies. #TelecomTimeline
1965
K. C. Kao and G. A. Hackham publish influential paper on fiber optics. #TelecomTimeline
1965
The first commercial communications satellite, Early Bird, later named Intelsat 1, is launched into orbit from Cape Kennedy.
1966 (June 15)
Worldwide direct telephone dialing has its first public demonstration, a call from Philadelphia to Geneva, Switzerland.
1966
Lawrence G. Roberts of MIT publishes "Towards a Cooperative Network of Time-Shared Computers" which outlines the ARPANET plan.
1966
Suggestions made by Kao and Hockham that optical fiber could be used for long distance transmission #TelecomTimeline
1966
Tom Carter sues AT&T to permit connection of his phone patch. Court remands the case to FCC. #TelecomTimeline
1967 (June 30)
An experimental cordless extension telephone is introduced by Bell Laboratories. #TelecomTimeline
1967
Bell Laboratories announces a new solid-state source of high frequency radio waves. The "LSA diodes" #TelecomTimeline
1967
Larry Roberts at the Advanced Research Projects Agency publishes a paper proposing ARPANET. #TelecomTimeline
1967
The "LSA diodes" emitted millimeter waves that could carry about nine times more telephone calls than all lower frequencies combined.
1967
Toll-free 800 service debuts. #TelecomTimeline
1968 (January 12)
Bell System adopts the use of "911" as a nationwide emergency telephone number. #TelecomTimeline
1968 (March 1)
Huntington, IN became the first US city served by Bell System to receive the new universal emergency telephone number "911".
1968
AT&T establishes "911" as the nationwide emergency telephone number. #TelecomTimeline
1968
AT&T starts 56 Kbps service. Pieter Kramer (Philips) invents the compact disk. #TelecomTimeline
1968
AT&T starts development of the Integrated Digital Services Network (ISDN). #TelecomTimeline
1968
Dan Noble, IBM, developed the 8-inch floppy disk. Its capacity increased from 33K in 1971 to 1200K in 1977. #TelecomTimeline
1968
FCC approves Carterphone Decision. AT&T ordered to revise tariffs effective 1/1/69 to permit connection of CPE. #TelecomTimeline
1968
FCC starts proceeding to set aside spectrum for land mobile communications. #TelecomTimeline
1968
FCC's Carterfone decision permits interconnections of non-Bell equipment to telephone lines. #TelecomTimeline
1968
Gary Englehart at Stanford Research Institute demonstrates first combination of a keyboard, keypad, mouse, windows & word processor.
1969
ARPANET begins 4-node operation (UCLA, Stanford Research Institute (SRI), UC Santa Barbara and University of Utah. #TelecomTimeline
1969
FCC asks National Academy of Science to recommend an interconnection policy. #TelecomTimeline
1969
In its MCI decision, the commission authorizes MCI to build and operate private line facilities between St. Louis and Chicago.
1969
The Department of Defense initiates the ARPANet, which led to the development of Internet. Computers at Stanford & UCLA are connected.
1970
AT&T introduces its ESS#2 electronic switch. #TelecomTimeline
1970
AT&T permitted to sell its teletype (TWX) service to Western Union.FCC approves the Domestic Satellite Order. #TelecomTimeline
1970
Bell Telephone Labs release design information to Western Electric for the production of Modular Telephone Cords and Jacks.
1970
Corning Glass demonstrate highly transparent fibers and Bell Labs demonstrates semiconductor lasers that operate at room temperature
1970
Intel introduces its popular 4004 4-bit microprocessor which starts the evolution of famous line of 386, 486 & Pentium processors.
1970
The FCC sets aside frequencies for mobile communications and AT&T proposes building the first high capacity cellulartelephone system.
1970
There are now 1841 telephone companies. #TelecomTimeline
1971
FCC establishes the PBX Advisory Committee & Dialer and Answering Devices Committee and were terminated on the approval of Part 68.
1971
FCC establishes the PBX and Dialer and Answering Devices Committees to recommend certification standards based on the NAS Report.
1971
Gary Starkweather, Xerox, patents first laser printer. A few years later HP & Canon jointly introduce first commercial laser printers.
1971
Ray Tomlinson writes the first email program. #TelecomTimeline
1971
The @ sign is used for the first time in an email address. #TelecomTimeline
1971
The DUV (Data Under Voice) is introduced. It permits signals to "hitch-hike" on existing microwave radio systems. #TelecomTimeline
1971
The Intelsat IV communications satellite goes into operation. Has 830 circuits in service and linked ground stations in 15 countries.
1971
The NAS Report recommended that an equipment certification program could be established to prevent harm to the network.
1971
The Specialized Common Carrier Decision allowed MCI to get its private line service started over its St. Louis. Chicago route.
1972
A demonstration of the ARPANET at the 1972 IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications. #TelecomTimeline
1972
IEEE Communications Society is established on 1 January. #TelecomTimeline
1972
Jon Postel writes the specifications for Telnet. IEEE Proceedings publishes its first issue on computer communications.
1973
Bell Telephone Labs released design information to Western Electric for production of the Com-Key 416 #TelecomTimeline
1973
Construction of a new, high-capacity coaxial cable system, called L5, is completed between Pittsburgh and St. Louis. #TelecomTimeline
1973
Docket 19419 on Pricing of Datasets opened up necessary technical background for Docket 19528 which led to the development of Part 68.
1973
File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is introduced. #TelecomTimeline
1973
Harvard grants a PhD to Bob Metcalf. His thesis describes Ethernet. #TelecomTimeline
1973
Robert Metcalfe invents Ethernet at Xerox PARC. Ethernet uses a cable rather than a radio channel as the transmission medium.
1973
The "Touch-a-matic" telephone is introduced. It can automatically dial a call anywhere in the U.S. at the touch of a single button.
1973
The Com-Key 416, the first KTU-less key system which was less susceptible to damage caused by lightning storms. #TelecomTimeline
1974
AT&T introduces the digital subsriber loop. #TelecomTimeline
1974
BBN opens the first public packet-switched network. #TelecomTimeline
1974
First domestic satellites in operation. #TelecomTimeline
1974
New York Telephone inaugurated Dial-A-Joke, an addition to the recorded announcement field. #TelecomTimeline
1974
The Department of Justice files its antitrust suit against AT&T required AT&T to divest itself of the 24 Bell Companies by 1984.
1974
The term "Internet" is used for the first time. #TelecomTimeline
1974
Value-added (packet-switched networks) come on the scene. #TelecomTimeline
1974
Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn discuss connecting networks together to form an "internet", collaborate on Transmission Control Protocol (TCP).
1974
Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn publish "A Protocol for Packet Network Interconnection", in IEEE Communications Magazine. #TelecomTimeline
1974
Western Union launches Westar, the nation's first domestic communications satellite. #TelecomTimeline
1975
Bell Telephone Laboratories released production design information to Western Electric for electronic key systems. #TelecomTimeline
1975
Bolt, Beranek and Newman (BBN) opens Telenet, the first public packet data service. #TelecomTimeline
1975
Summary There are now 1618 telcos and 140 million phones in the US Bell Companies supplies 85% of the lines— GTE 10%.
1975
The last manual telco switchboard in Maine is retired. #TelecomTimeline
1975
The new T4M system, linking Newark, NJ to NYC, transmits 274 million "bits" of information per second over a single coaxial tube.
1975
Transmission testing begins on the T4M, highest-capacity, short-haul digital transmission system in the U.S. #TelecomTimeline
1975
Viking is launched. Lands on Mars in 1976 and sends back data to Earth. #TelecomTimeline
1976
Alan Shugart, IBM, introduced the 5.25-in floppy in 1976. (Much later, in 1987, SONY introduced the 3.5" floppy). #TelecomTimeline
1976
Centennial of the Telephone. #TelecomTimeline
1976
COMSTAR is launched and begins commercial service. It is in permanent orbit over the Galapagos Islands. #TelecomTimeline
1976
Digital radio and time division switching introduced. #TelecomTimeline
1976
IEEE establishes the Alexander Graham Bell Medal to commemorate of the centennial of the telephone's invention. #TelecomTimeline
1976
Other Common Carriers (OCCs) now have access to telco Foreign Exchange (FX) and Common Control Switching Arrangement (CCSA).
1976
Resale and sharing of carrier services permitted. #TelecomTimeline
1976
The telephone companies support "The Consumers Communications Reform Act of 1976" H.R. 12323, endorsed by 90+ members of the House.
1977
AT&T designs and operates the world's first commercial fiber-optic system. #TelecomTimeline
1977
Bell Laboratories announces the development of the MAC-8, a microprocessor suited for a wide range of telecommunications applications.
1977
MCI wins a court challenge to its Execunet Service which permitted the public to make use of its long distance facilities.
1977
The Second Report and Order in Docket 19528 survived challenge in the Court of Appeals 4th Circuit. #TelecomTimeline
1977
Voyager spacecraft is launched. Sends back signals from Jupiter (1979-1980), Saturn (1981), Uranus (1986) and Neptune (1989).
1978
Commission rejects telephone cos' request for which all subscribers would be required to have at least one phone provided by phone co.
1978
TAT-1, the world's first transoceanic telephone cable was retired (November 27). TCP split into TCP and IP. #TelecomTimeline
1979
A 62,000-mile microwave telecommunications system is completed within Saudi Arabia. #TelecomTimeline
1979
The Fourth Report and Order established rules regarding equipment-to-equipment connections. #TelecomTimeline
1980
AT&T introduces DataSpeed 40, forerunner of "smart terminals" capable of data processing rather than serving solely as a terminal.
1980
Digital local offices and optical fiber transmission being deployed. #TelecomTimeline
1980
First use of the "900" number. #TelecomTimeline
1980
Switching System #7 is being gradually deployed. #TelecomTimeline
1981
A new service, DIAL-IT® allows caller to listen to communications between the Space Shuttle Columbia and the ground command center.
1981
Bell Telephone Labs design of a network-embedded database of Personal Identification Numbers (PINs) for calling card customers.
1981
Docket 81-216, the "Omnibus Docket" was so called because it contained about two dozen items. #TelecomTimeline
1981
First cellular license. FCC authorizes AT&T's "Advanced Mobile Phone Service," a decade after AT&T's initial application.
1981
First cellular mobile telephone service is offered, in Saudi Arabia and Scandinavia. #TelecomTimeline
1981
Hayes introduces its landmark 300-bps modem. #TelecomTimeline
1981
IBM introduces its PC in August 1981. #TelecomTimeline
1982
(January 8). Antitrust suit dropped after AT&T accepts government's proposal. #TelecomTimeline
1982
AT&T agrees to divest wholly owned Bell operating companies' exchange operations. Two years later formal divestiture ends Bell System.
1982
The first full-color two-way video teleconferencing service is offered. The development of TFM (Time Frequency Multiplexing).
1983 (October 13)
The first commercial cellular phone system is introduced in Chicago. #TelecomTimeline
1983
BREAKUP OF AT&T (actually started in January of 1982) #TelecomTimeline
1983
Carolyn Doughty, Bell Telephone Laboratories, files a patent on Caller ID. #TelecomTimeline
1983
In the CBEMA Decision, an outgrowth of the Computer II Decision, Commission requires telcos to publish "Network Disclosure" statement.
1983
The Cleaved Coupled-Cavity (C3) laser emitted a light so pure over a billion bits per second could be sent through a glass fiber.
1984 (January 1)
IEEE Centennial. Breakup of AT&T. #TelecomTimeline
1984 (May 20)
AT&T and NASA space shuttle Discover launch its second Telstar 3 satellite. #TelecomTimeline
1984 (September 1)
Domain Name Service (DNS) is introduced. DNS is used mostly to translate between domain names and IP addresses.
1984
Court orders divestiture of AT&T based on Department of Justice suit. #TelecomTimeline
1984
Local area signaling service is introduced to trace nuisance calls, transfer calls, and provide other advanced calling services.
1984
Seymour Cray at Control Data Corporation develops the first transistorized computer, Model 1604. #TelecomTimeline
1984
The divestiture of AT&T estimated that legal fees and settlements cost AT&T more than $5 billion. #TelecomTimeline
1985
AT&T Bell Laboratories combine 10 laser beams on a single optical fiber demonstrating the capability of lightwave systems.
1985
FCC decisions related to registration of CPE for T-1 and subrate digital services #TelecomTimeline
1985
Symbolics.com is assigned on March 15 to become the first registered domain. #TelecomTimeline
1986
(Sept. 1) An Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) is deployed, capable of handling voice, data and video. (December 16).
1986
FCC decision to phase out line-powered channel service units. The National Science Foundation introduces its 56kbps backbone network.
1986
TAT-3 transatlantic cable is retired. #TelecomTimeline
1987
Ameritech files for registration of switched 56 Kbps digital service CPE. #TelecomTimeline
1987
Bellcore introduces Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) has potential of multimedia transmission over nation's copper loops.
1987
Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) introduced, first method for implementing Information Superhighway. #TelecomTimeline
1987
N.J. Bell is the first to implement Caller ID. #TelecomTimeline
1987
SONY introduces the 3.5-in floppy. Philip Estridge, IBM, developed the first hard drive for PCs. It held 10MB. #TelecomTimeline
1987
Superconductivity is discovered. the transmission of electricity without resistance through low temperature material. #TelecomTimeline
1987
TDD (telecommunications device for the deaf) is initiated. #TelecomTimeline
1988
Congress passes the Telecom Trade Act of 1988 in response to alleged dumping of telecom systems in the U.S. by foreign manufacturers.
1988
FCC issues Docket 88-57, based on an EIA petition for clarification of previous premises wiring policies. #TelecomTimeline
1988
Requirement of all imported telecom equipment to comply with all applicable FCC requirements. Enforcement is by U.S. Customs.
1989
Congressional decision requiring all new customer-owned phones to be hearing aid compatible. #TelecomTimeline
1990
AT&T filed a petition to strengthen DID rules for prevention of toll fraud. #TelecomTimeline
1990
Docket 90-313 requiring hotels/motels and coin phones to provide equal access to competing long distance carriers resolved in 1992.
1990
EIA filed petition to require digital security coding for cordless phones to prevent random dialing interfering with 911 operations.
1991
Docket 91-281 establishing nationwide caller ID went into effect in late 1995. #TelecomTimeline
1991
Southwestern Bell files to include ISDN in Part 68. The final rules for ISDN went into effect on November 13, 1996. #TelecomTimeline
1991
The Telephone Consumers Protection Act, among other things, required the use of "fax branding" to identify source of incoming faxes.
1992
AT&T becomes the first company ever to earn two Malcolm Baldrige Quality Awards -both in the same year! #TelecomTimeline
1992
Congress required all agencies to metricize their rules. A major impact was on Part 68 plug and jack drawings. #TelecomTimeline
1992
The first audio and video multicasts are broadcast over the Internet. #TelecomTimeline
1992
The World Wide Web is born. the brain child of CERN physicist Tim Berners-Lee. #TelecomTimeline
1993
AT&T replaces Exxon as the most valuable company in the world, based on market value of outstanding stock. #TelecomTimeline
1993
Telecom Relay Service (TRS) available for the disabled. The NSF network backbone jumps from T-1 to T-3. #TelecomTimeline
1993
The Internet browser MOSAIC is introduced at the University of Illinois. #TelecomTimeline
1994
AT&T and McCaw merger completed. #TelecomTimeline
1994
Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. sign the NAFTA agreement. #TelecomTimeline
1994
Internet is pretty much world-wide with exception of most of the Africa, Pakistan, Mongolia, Cuba and areas in S America and SE Asia.
1994
NSF is working to build a very high-speed backbone called VBNS. #TelecomTimeline
1994
Radio HK, the first 24-hr Internet only radio station, starts broadcasting. #TelecomTimeline
1994
Real Audio introduced to Internet which allows one to hear in near real time. #TelecomTimeline
1994
The Commission requested comments on technology for location of any station behind a PBX that made an E911 call. #TelecomTimeline
1994
The Netscape Internet browser is introduced. #TelecomTimeline
1994
TRS becomes the fastest growing telecom service in the U.S. #TelecomTimeline
1996 (February)
Congress passed the 1996 Telecommunications Act leading to increased competition in all aspects of telecommunications.
1996 (November)
FCC network protection standards for Switched 56 and ISDN go into effect. #TelecomTimeline
1996 (September)
Rockwell announced a 56 kbps modem chip set designed for Internet applications. 56K download (PCM)—. 33.6 upload (analog).
1996
"Central-office implemented coin phones" are now required to be registered as a result of opening this market to competition.
1996
A waiver process was adopted that allows manufacturers to register stutter dialtone devices. #TelecomTimeline
1996
ANSI approved an ADSL standard for the Discrete Multitone (DMT) version. #TelecomTimeline
1996
CONGRESS APPROVES 1996 TELECOM ACT #TelecomTimeline
1996
Currently, there are almost 1400 telcos still in business. #TelecomTimeline
1996
Digital Equipment Corporation introduced its line of Alpha microprocessors using 64-bit RISC architecture & operating up to 533 Mbps.
1996
Internet 2 is proposed to connect university computers together by means of one gigabyte pipes using SONET and ATM networks.
1996
New copper fabrication techniques allow very high speed data transmission of 100 Mbps over useful ranges for premises wiring.
1996
The ADSL concept spawned an exposion of related concepts that permit transmission over copper up to close to 100Mbps. #TelecomTimeline
1996
TIA files to harmonize Part 68 with Canada's CS-03 after working five years with Canada's TAPAC group. #TelecomTimeline
1996
USTA Annual Report says there are 170 million copper access loops in service nationwide, increasing at the rate of 5 million annually.
1997 (February 25)
Lucent announced development of wireless loops with 128K ISDN capability. #TelecomTimeline
1997 (July 30)
The Commission approves the harmonization of Part 68 and Canada's CS-03 network protection standards to be effective 4/20/98.
1997 (June 12)
The US and the EU reach agreement on mutual recognition of product testing and approval requirements re. telecom equipment.
1997 (June 17)
FCC issues NPRM for BICSI petition to require the use of twisted-pair premises wiring to prevent crosstalk. #TelecomTimeline
1997
Canada releases draft of its proposed ADSL terminal equipment standards covering DMT and CAP/QAM technologies. #TelecomTimeline
1997
Micosoft buys WebTV that claims to have 85,000 subscribers. #TelecomTimeline
1997
Rockwell receives FCC registration for its 56K PCM modem to be used by Internet service providers. #TelecomTimeline
1998 (February)
V.90 56K standard was approved ending months of difficult negotiations and modem wars. #TelecomTimeline
1998 (January)
Rockwell, Nortel, Paradyne and others announce an ADSL-lite program called Consumer ADSL or CDSL. #TelecomTimeline
1999
Anti Cybersquatter Protection Act passed. #TelecomTimeline
1999
AOL acquired Netscape #TelecomTimeline
1999
AT&T / TCI Merger (FCC rejects Open Access Arguments) #TelecomTimeline
1999
Child Online Protection Act (COPA) declared unconstitutional by district court #TelecomTimeline
1999
CNN interview between Wolf Blitzer and Al Gore in which Gore stated "I took the initiative in creating the Internet."
1999
Cogent starts operations #TelecomTimeline
1999
David Smith enters guilty plea for disseminating the Melissa virus. #TelecomTimeline
1999
DeCSSS program created. #TelecomTimeline
1999
FCC concludes that ISP-bound telephone traffic does not fit under Reciprocal Compensation regime #TelecomTimeline
1999
Google removes "Beta" from its website #TelecomTimeline
1999
ISI UCLA transfers IANA to ICANN #TelecomTimeline
1999
Napster Created #TelecomTimeline
1999
Netscape releases source code and declares it open #TelecomTimeline
1999
Packetcable VoIP service initiated in Union, NJ. Charter initiates VoIP service in Fitchburg, WI #TelecomTimeline
1999
PSINet buys naming rights to the Baltimore Ravens football stadium #TelecomTimeline