Failure to Communicate: British Telecommunications and the American Model Book Chapter

Lipartito, K. (2004). Failure to Communicate: British Telecommunications and the American Model . 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269044.003.0005

cited authors

  • Lipartito, K

fiu authors

abstract

  • This chapter analyses British telecommunications policy. Throughout the 20th century, British telecommunications has remained substantially behind the United States in measures such as productivity and telephones per capita. Britain also didn't adopt advanced electronic switching technology until nearly two decades after the United States. It lagged behind other nations as well, such as Sweden and Japan. Nor did telecommunications manufacturing firms in Britain keep pace with global leaders. In attempting to redress these failures, however, British policy makers made two mistakes: they ignored powerful international tendencies embodied in 'best practice' nations such as the United States; and also responded to backwardness by adhering too closely to policies devised for other places and other times.

publication date

  • January 8, 2004

International Standard Book Number (ISBN) 13

  • 9780199269044