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Entrepreneurial Capitalism and Innovation:
A History of Computer Communications 1968-1988
By James Pelkey

Entrepreneurial Capitalism & Innovation:
History of Computer Communications
1968 -1988
By James Pelkey

This history is organized by three co-evolving market sectors and also standards making.
An overview of the schema is presented in the Introduction.

Ch. 1: Emergence
Ch. 3: Competition
Ch. 5: Market Order
Ch. 11: Adaptation

Ch. 2: Vision
Ch. 4: Arpanet
Ch. 6: Diffusion
Ch. 7: Emergence
Ch 8: Completion
Ch. 10: Market Order

Ch. 9: Creation

Ch. 12: Emergence



Chapter 11
Data Communications: WANs 1979-1986
Data Networks Become Wide Area Network

11.9   Micom

Micom, the highly profitable leader in statistical multiplexers, was unwilling to allocate the financial resources to develop a T-1 multiplexer, just as they had not funded the internal development of a LAN. Bill Norred, President, remembers they had the basis of a T-1 multiplexer in their TDM but still could not overcome constraints:

“We did talk about doing some T-1. We had the basis of a T-1 product for years and years. In fact, when I designed it, I always knew some day we'd probably take it to T1 rates, yet it never got evolved into a T-1 product because we could never really figure out a way to find the resources to do it.”

As of yearend 1985, Micom had not yet entered the T-1 multiplexer market.