Communications: Cutting In on the Line

Machines are becoming almost as communicative as people—to the delight of big communications companies. Computers chatter over great distances, exchanging complex data in whirring tones, and telegraph and teletype clatter with increasing volume across the oceans. Such conversations between machines offer the communications companies their most exciting prospects for the future. Thus it was doubly disappointing to American Telephone and Telegraph that the U.S. Government last week shut it out of most of this business on the busy transatlantic circuits.

Mother Bell's Designs. Climaxing one of the bitterest business battles in recent history, the Federal Communications Commission turned down A.T....

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