ERIC Number: ED033605
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jun
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President's Task Force on Communications Policy. Staff Paper Five. Part II.
President's Task Force on Communications Policy, Washington, DC.
The second part of a staff paper to the President's Task Force on Communications Policy dealing with the domestic telecommunications carrier industry consists of the final two appendices. In the first, the history, structure, present services, and future plans of the Western Union Telegraph Company are discussed. Evidence is given that by allowing continual rate increases, the FCC has effectively countenanced a Western Union-administered destruction of the public message telegraph service. Western Union now believes that the telegram is destined to become a high cost, distress service. Hence it is trying to enter new markets, especially computer-based communication service. The solution recommended is transfer to the U.S. Post Office of handling and delivery of telegrams, with tariff revision. The final appendix is a systems analysis of the vertical integration pattern of the Bell Telephone System, with an explanation of the technological and economic pressures which have shaped it. (BB)
Descriptors: Administrative Agencies, Agencies, Agency Role, Communications, Federal Government, Governance, Government Role, Industrial Structure, Obsolescence, Policy Formation, Technology, Telephone Communications Industry, Utilities
Clearinghouse for Federal Scientific and Technical Information, Springfield, Va. 22151 (PB-184-418, MF $.65, HC $3.00)
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Authoring Institution: President's Task Force on Communications Policy, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Federal Communications Commission; Western Union Telegraph Company