AT&T celebrates 30 years of the Information Age

computer AT&T celebrates 30 years of the Information Age

American Telephone & Telegraph, better known as AT&T, is celebrating 30 years of the Information Age on 12 December with the launch of a new website to highlight how it all began.

American Telephone & Telegraph, better known as AT&T, is celebrating 30 years of the Information Age on 12 December with the launch of a new website to highlight how it all began.

 
The new site is now online at www.informationage.org, thanks to James R. Messenger, a former AT&T employee, author of The Death of the American Telephone & Telegraph Company – How “Ma Bell” Died Giving Birth to the Information Age, EMMY award winner, and two time Academy Award nominee for his documentaries.
 
Messenger is credited with teaching The Theory of the Information Age on 12 December 1982 at AT&T's Executive Briefing Centre in New Jersey. The subsequent division of AT&T after the US Department of Justice launched an antitrust lawsuit against it over its monopoly of the industry helped make Messenger's vision a reality, as it opened the market to considerable competition, thus accelerating the growth of the technologies of the Information Age.
 
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James R. Messenger
 
“In 1982, the world’s telephone networks were analog systems incompatible with computers,” said Messenger. “When the decision was made to rebuild the world’s networks as all-digital systems to facilitate the interconnection of computers via telecommunications, my staff and I educated the world’s leaders in telecommunications, Information Technology, government, business, education, and other fields, planting the seeds that would lead to the world of high technology in which we now live. Today, I’m turning up a new website challenging human beings across the globe to consciously think our way into the Information Age so that it brings the greatest advantage to everyone.”
 
The website covers a brief history of the Information Age, the people behind it, such as Ed Roberts, the inventor of the first PC, why people have trouble understanding the Information Age, and various theories about how to fix problems in the world through the adoption of Information Age policies.