Thesis ID: CBB001567294

“Nuestra telefonica”: La nacionalizacion de la Puerto Rico Telephone Company (PRTC), 1974 (2011)


Fernos, Rodrigo (Author)

Ferrer, Bruno
Figueroa, Javier
Giusti, Juan
University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
Ferrer, Bruno
Sola, Cesar
Figueroa, Javier
Giusti, Juan
Pico, Fernando
Sola, Cesar

Publication Date: 2011
Edition Details: Advisor: Pico, Fernando; Committee Members: Ferrer, Bruno, Sola, Cesar, Figueroa, Javier, Giusti, Juan.
Physical Details: 477 pp.

In 1974, the Partido Popular Administration headed by the governor Rafael Hernandez Colón successfully acquired the Puerto Rico Telephone Company (PRTC), which had been previously owned by the conglomerate International Telephone and Telegraph (I.T.T.). The study seeks to understand the causes and consequences of what at the time was considered a momentous change in the island's telephony structure. Aside from identifying structural elements underlying the acquisition, such as demographic and economic factors, the thesis provides a century-long look at the telephone's lethargic growth and its social impact. It also incorporates the growth of the Puerto Rican middle class in the metropolitan area, which was a significant component of the island's structural economic change during the middle of the century. Perhaps its most significant contribution is its technological analysis, identifying changes in switching technology at mid century, along with the eventual incorporation of mobile telephony at the end of the century.


Description Cited in Dissertation Abstracts International-A 72/06, Dec 2011. Proquest Document ID: 863209617.

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