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Speeding Telephone Service to Rural Areas:
Lessons from the Experience in the United States

Occasional Paper

May 1994

By Dale N. Hatfield
Senior Fellow

Contents

Introduction
The Role of Farmer Lines in the Early History of the Telephone Industry in the United States
Review of Bruce's Proposals and Their Potential Advantages
Summary and Conclusions
Endnotes

About the Author
Dale N. Hatfield is an Annenberg Senior Fellow and President of Hatfield Associates, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in engineering, economic, and policy studies in telecommunications. Currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado, Hatfield was founding director of the Telecommunications Division at the University of Denver. He is a Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, Deputy Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration at the Department of Commerce, and Chief of the Office of Plans and Policy at the Federal Communications Commission. Hatfield frequently speaks before industry groups and testifies before Congress. He holds a B.S.E.E. from Case Institute of Technology and an M.S. in industrial management from Purdue University.

The views and opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author. They do not necessarily reflect the views of The Annenberg Washington Program in Communications Policy Studies of Northwestern University.

Copyright 1994 by The Annenberg Washington Program in Communications Policy Studies of Northwestern University. Permission is granted for the not-for-profit reproduction and distribution of this report or portions thereof, provided that (1) proper copyright notice is affixed to each copy; and (2) no alterations are made to the content of any file.

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Recommended Citation: The Annenberg Washington Program in Communications Policy Studies of Northwestern University, Speeding Telephone Service to Rural Areas: Lessons from the Experience in the United States (Washington, D.C.: The Annenberg Washington Program, May 1994).

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