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Telcommunications has come a long way in a short time. By the year 2000, data traffic exceeds voice traffic for the first time on AT&T's network, the FCC has concluded that "Broadband" is considered to be 200 kpbs and the first Internet election is held by the Arizona Democratic Primary.

2000 (March 1)
First Internet election, Arizona democratic primary. #TelecomTimeline
2000
Data traffic exceeds voice traffic on AT&T network for first time #TelecomTimeline
2000
FCC concludes that "broadband" is 200 kbps. #TelecomTimeline
2000
FCC Initiates Cable Open Access proceeding #TelecomTimeline
2000
FCC Rejects Internet Ventures Petition #TelecomTimeline
2000
Internet2 backbone network deploys IPv6 #TelecomTimeline
2000
Qwest acquires USWest and becomes a BOC. #TelecomTimeline
2000
USG Descrambles GPS—. Geocaching.com established #TelecomTimeline
2000
Verizon acquires GTE (and BBN) and spins off Genuity #TelecomTimeline
2000
WorldCom/Sprint merger rejected by DOJ and EU #TelecomTimeline
2001
AOL/Time Warner Merger Completed #TelecomTimeline
2001
Apple Introduces iPod and iTunes #TelecomTimeline
2001
AT&T / MediaOne Merger #TelecomTimeline
2001
AT&T divests AT&T Wireless #TelecomTimeline
2001
Google acquires Deja.com (USENET archive) #TelecomTimeline
2001
Internet Tax Nondiscrimination Act passed. #TelecomTimeline
2001
Patriot Act passed #TelecomTimeline
2001
PSINet declares bankruptcy #TelecomTimeline
2001
Sept 11 Attack on WTC and Pentagon #TelecomTimeline
2001
Wikipedia Goes Online #TelecomTimeline
2001
William Kennard (Democrat) resigns as FCC Chairman—. Michael Powell (Republican) is named as FCC Chairman #TelecomTimeline
2002
BBN builds first network protected by quantum cryptography #TelecomTimeline
2002
FCC concludes that Internet over Cable is an information service. #TelecomTimeline
2002
FCC Internet over Cable Order Reversed in 9th Cir. #TelecomTimeline
2002
Google News launches #TelecomTimeline
2002
Level3 Acquires Genuity. #TelecomTimeline
2002
PSINet acquired by Cogent #TelecomTimeline
2002
SBC Acquires Ameritech. #TelecomTimeline
2002
Supreme Court strikes down the Child Pornography Prevention Act, making illegal virtual kiddie porn, as unconstitutional
2002
US District Court ruled that the Children's Internet Protection Act, as it applies to libraries, is unconstitutional.
2002
Vonage initiates service #TelecomTimeline
2003
Blogger.com acquired by Google—. Google introduces AdSense #TelecomTimeline
2003
CAN SPAM Act signed into law #TelecomTimeline
2003
Intel releases Centrino processor with wireless capability built in #TelecomTimeline
2003
US DOD acknowledges its Total Information Awareness spying plan. #TelecomTimeline
2004
Chairman Powell announces Four Freedoms (Network Neutrality). #TelecomTimeline
2004
FCC concludes that Internet over Powerlines is an information service. #TelecomTimeline
2004
FCC preempts MN Decision that Vonage is a Telecom Service #TelecomTimeline
2004
Google launches Gmail #TelecomTimeline
2004
Pulver Free World Dialup ruled not a telecom service #TelecomTimeline
2004
SBC acquires AT&T Wireless #TelecomTimeline
2004
Verizon divests BBN, which becomes an independent company again. #TelecomTimeline
2004
WolrdCOM renames itself MCI #TelecomTimeline
2005
FCC Internet over DSL order, declaring it an information service. #TelecomTimeline
2005
FCC Madison River enters into a consent decree to stop blocking Vonage service. #TelecomTimeline
2005
Hurricane Katrina knocks huge portions of the communications networks offline. #TelecomTimeline
2005
In FCC v. Brandx, the Supreme Court affirms that the FCC can categorize Internet over cable as an information service.
2005
MCI drops the brand name UUNet #TelecomTimeline
2005
Michael Powell Resigns as FCC Chairman—. Kevin Martin is named as FCC Chairman #TelecomTimeline
2005
Nextel / Sprint Merger. #TelecomTimeline
2005
SBC acquires AT&T—. renames itself AT&T #TelecomTimeline
2005
Texas Attorney General files suit against Vonage re 911 service #TelecomTimeline
2005
Verizon / MCI Merger. #TelecomTimeline
2005
WGIG releases its report on Internet governance. #TelecomTimeline
2005
Yahoo and Microsoft announce interoperable IM #TelecomTimeline
2005
YouTube incorporated and launched. #TelecomTimeline
2006
AT&T / Bell South Merger #TelecomTimeline
2006
Broadwing acquired by Level3 #TelecomTimeline
2006
Cool Telecom name is registered as a domain name - CoolTelecom.com and CoolTele.com #TelecomTimeline
2006
FCC imposes CALEA, Universal Service and 911 obligations on VoIP. #TelecomTimeline
2006
Google acquires YouTube #TelecomTimeline
2006
Google launches free wifi net in Mountain View, CA #TelecomTimeline
2006
Mark W. Mumma of Cool Telecom completes first telephone call over new infrastructure with childhood friend James L. Menzer
2006
Patriot Act renewed #TelecomTimeline
2006
US Senate ratifies International Cybercrime Treaty. #TelecomTimeline
2006
Western Union sends its last telegram #TelecomTimeline
2007
FCC Broadband Practices (Network Neutrality) Inquiry. #TelecomTimeline
2007
FCC CPNI Order imposes privacy obligations on VoIP. #TelecomTimeline
2007
FCC Internet over Wireless is an Information Service. #TelecomTimeline
2007
First Customer of CoolTelecom is conntected to CoolPBX equipment. #TelecomTimeline
2008
FCC holds 700 MHz Auction #TelecomTimeline
2008
FCC Initiates Investigation of Comcast Blocking BitTorrent #TelecomTimeline
2009
CoolTelecom brings second CoolPBX server online and develops first IAX interconnected Cool Telecom PBX to PBX trunk #TelecomTimeline
2009
Edward H. Lyon becomes Cool Telecom customer to deploy onsite Cool PBX system. #TelecomTimeline
2009
Julius Genachowski is named as FCC Chairman #TelecomTimeline
2009
Kevin Martin Resigns as FCC Chairman—. Michael Copps is named as Acting FCC Chairman #TelecomTimeline
2010 (December 23)
FCC Votes on Network Neutrality Proceeding #TelecomTimeline
2010 (March 16)
FCC Issues Broadband Plan #TelecomTimeline
2011 (February 3)
IANA/ICANN hands out last IPv4 block of IP addresses #TelecomTimeline
2011 (Jan 18)
FCC Approves NBC/Comcast Merger #TelecomTimeline
2011 (June 9)
Cool Telecom, LLP is formed between Mark W. Mumma and Edward H. Lyon #TelecomTimeline