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  • The Decline Of Texting?

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    Texting has been a global phenomenon for the past 10 years. But Roger Kay of Forbes is here to discuss the fall of texting, and some of the reasons behind it:

    Maybe, after all these years, we will finally witness the fall of the texting empire, which has been sucking our blood since the early 1990s.  But really, its history goes back further than that — all the way to the dawn of the computer industry, when digital data was first used for commercial purposes.

    When people think of AT&T today, they call up visions of the first U.S. carrier to get the Apple iPhone, crappy cell reception, and a company that plays second fiddle to Verizon.  But until 1984, AT&T was THE phone company.

    As a regulated monopoly, AT&T provided all phone service in the United States, made, installed, and repaired all the phones, put up the telephone poles and lines, and sent the bills.  My father, who started AutEx, an online, real-time system for brokers and institutions to trade blocks of stock (and the first eCommerce business), had been watching AT&T for years, enthralled with its business model.

    “A billing company,” he said.  “That’s what they are!”

    I worked at AutEx as a teenager, and we were watching the MCI-led antitrust case against AT&T.  MCI initiated its suit in 1974, and it took 10 years to reach an outcome, accelerated by the Department of Justice’s separate action: the “voluntary” breakup of AT&T.  But while MCI was trying to lease lines from Bell operating companies and resell telephone service, AutEx was figuring out how to arbitrage telecommunications another way.

    Data communications, now an established field, barely existed back then.  Concepts such as “data at rest” and “data in flight” were unknown.  We had to make up our own protocols to send information over phone lines.  Because fonts didn’t exist, we had to divide up a cathode ray tube (CRT) display into fields and make letters and numbers by lighting up individual pixels.

    The main fields were to display interest messages (e.g., Buy Large IBM, Sell Small T) and trade reports (e.g., Goldman crossed large IBM 10:21 a.m.).  However, we stuck one special line toward the bottom.  Just 40 characters wide, we labeled it the “direct message” field.  A broker or institution could put another customer’s subscriber number or a flag like “all” and send a message.

    We had no idea how it would be used, but gradually brokers began to do interesting things, such as  advertise the birth of babies and even ask each other on dates.  I can’t say whether the first “sexting” was done on an AutEx terminal, but it might have been.

    Although arbitraging phone lines for messaging was still illegal, there was an exception for “data processing.”  We said we were processing data because the messages weren’t sent directly from one terminal to another but were “stored” and “forwarded,” a thin argument but one which held.

    We aspired to be a billing company, like AT&T.  For that reason, we missed some major league opportunities.  For example, we made three “concentrators” as tools for ourselves.  These boxes took in low-speed, asynchronous data from the field and packed it into high-speed (9600 bits per second, it seems quaint now) synchronous trunks.  To do this, we used Data General minicomputers, from which we had stripped the operating software and replaced it with our own.  These were the first multiplexers.  If we had known, we could have bought most of Data General’s hardware output, filled the machines with our software, and sold them to other companies.  We probably could have bought Data General eventually.  But we didn’t think anybody else would want these highly specialized devices.

    Read more at Forbes

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