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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 7
Networking: Emergence 1979-1981
LANs and DataPBXs

7.1     The NBS and MITRE Workshop of January 1979

Robert Rosenthal of the National Bureau of Standards (NBS) and Norman Meisner of MITRE began contacting a small group of people they thought might attend a forum on "Local Network Protocols" to be held January 31, 1979 in Columbia, MD. In their calls, it became very clear that everyone sensed the importance of local area networking, yet all expressed confusion over what it all meant or what to do about it.

Knowing Metcalfe would attend, which meant they had sufficient Ethernet representation, Rosenthal and Meisner began recruiting representatives from Prime Computer who they knew were developing a token ring network.