The Mobile Revolution

August E. Grant, Ph.D.*

The history of communication technology is characterized by a series of revolutions, each related to the introduction of new communication technology. The printing press made universal literacy possible. The telegraph, telephone, and wireless enabled long distance communication to occur instantaneously. Radio and television brought mass entertainment into homes. Most recently, the Internet has revolutionized information delivery and retrieval, entertainment, and commerce.

One lesson that may be drawn from reading the previous chapters is that we are at the threshold of yet another revolution: the mobile revolution. The combination of the Internet and IP-based technology has yielded a new technology ...

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