A colleague who sifts through a lot of political/historical/economic material on telecom and networks was impressed by a recent presentation by Columbia Professor Richard R. John at the New America Foundation.
John wrote Network Nation: Inventing American Telecommunications, published last May and described by Amazon as “plac[ing] the history of telecommunications within the broader context of American politics, business, and discourse. This engrossing and provocative book persuades us of the critical role of political economy in the development of new technologies and their implementation.”
The NAF presentation is almost 2 hours. For a 10-minute preview, see YouTube. (But this one just sort of cuts off in mid-thought.)