The signal fire suddenly flashes out. Oh welcome, you blaze in the night, a light as if of day, you harbinger of many a choral dance in Argos in thanksgiving for this glad event!
Or, in today's parlance, “You have mail!”
In the last century, only technicians needed to understand the way their equipment worked. Today, no one has the luxury of taking the technology that business uses for granted. Throughout the ranks of the corporation, all the way to the CEO's office, each day each individual must come in contact with some form of telecommunications technology.
As frequently occurs with technological developments, a gatekeeping mystique has arisen about telecommunications that limits its usefulness by shrouding both complex and simple concepts with complex explanations. An entire lexicon has been developed to explain, or perhaps confound, this technology. Newly coined words, such as connectivity, with no intrinsic meaning, keep all but the most diligent language sleuths in the dark about their implications. The time lines and descriptions that follow take much of the mystery out of telecom while allow-
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Publication information: Book title: Managing Teleworkers and Telecommuting Strategies. Contributors: Gina Vega - Author. Publisher: Praeger. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 2003. Page number: 13.
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