[Air-L] Impact of AT&T divestiture on American college and university campus computer networks?

Ben Spigel spigel.1 at osu.edu
Tue Oct 16 11:34:40 PDT 2007

This is a fantastic topic, and definitely post whatever output of this
research topic back to the list.

You might find Ed Malecki's paper on regional bandwidth provision an
interesting paper. It finds a very strong correlation between the
amount of bandwidth in a region and the presence of a Ph.D granting
institution. Universities were usually the core around a regional
network. I'm not exactly sure how it directly relates to your topic,
but it might give some interesting context.

The citation is Malecki, E. (2004). Fibre tracks: Explaining
investment in fibre optic backbones. Entrepreneurship and Regional
Development, 16:21–39.


Ben Spigel
Department of Geography
The Ohio State University
On 10/16/07, elw at stderr.org <elw at stderr.org> wrote:
> >   While I certainly welcome input on the broader topic, I turn to you to
> > recommend sources to help me understand what effect, if any, the 1984
> > divestiture of AT&T may have had on the development of American college
> > and university campus computer networks and telecommunications,
> > particularly computer networks installed in residence halls.  From
> > primary and secondary sources, I already know that some institutions
> > (the pioneers, as far as I can tell) began installing and experimenting
> > with in-room network connections in the mid 80s.  So the timing is right
> Great topic!
> There were ghetto/private/totally-unauthorized networks running in the
> dorms at my undergrad institution a full decade (plus some...) before the
> dorms were formally wired by the university.  RG-58 coax running down
> exterior drainpipes, through windows, et cetera.  This stuff has been
> going on for ages.  :-)
> There was some history of private CATV wiring on the same campus, also
> done somewhat independently...
> --elijah
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