Blue Skies: A History of Cable Television

Blue Skies: A History of Cable Television

Blue Skies: A History of Cable Television

Blue Skies: A History of Cable Television

Synopsis

Blue Skiesis the first complete history of cable television, the most influential technology affecting the lives of almost every American. Patrick Parsons writes about the early days of cable and the pioneers in the last half of the twentieth century whose business skills, entrepreneurial instinct, and luck all played out to give rise to the most ubiquitous technology in the US - still outpacing computers and the internet - cable TV. Thoroughly documented and exhaustively researched, Parson's book guides the reader through the long-term and intricate interplay of economics, technological advancement, and public policy that gave rise to cable, and will stand as the standard history for years to come.

Excerpt

The number of books, articles and reports written on cable television is well beyond anyone's count. Scholars, lawyers, engineers and journalists began a producing a torrent of paper on cable in the early and mid-1960s. Voluminous governmental reports date back to the late 1950s. The material covers every manner of cable-related issue from pressing policy and financial questions, to problems in technology, law, culture and international relations. Given the massive literature of cable television, it is reasonable to wonder why another text on the topic is necessary.

This book is, in part, the natural product of the author's own curiosity, both about the development of cable television and about the larger issue of the evolution of communications technology in society. The book also is a response to a surprising gap in the literature. Despite the thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of studies, articles and books that have been written on cable, there have been few attempts to write a full history of the industry. Because of the nature of cable television and its role in pushing forward the horizon of communications, much of what has been written has dealt with cable television's future, how its development might impact existing telecommunications systems, the political process or even social norms and values. Far fewer works have examined cable's past.

The earliest book on the development of cable appears to have been published in 1972 by Mary Alice Mayer Phillips. CATV: A History of . . .

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