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Title: Comshare developed a store-and-forward device to circumvent telecom regulations
Date: 1967
Theme: Technology

Description:
    Telecommunications regulations prohibited attaching a multiplexer to telephone lines but did not prohibit attaching a computer. Comshare circumvented this regulation by replacing multiplexers, devices that divide a line into multiple pieces, with a device that stored bits as they came in and then pulled them right back out again and sent them on. Since this met the technical definition of a computer, the Bell system was forced to allow Comshare to connect it to their lines.

Entered By: Luanne Johnson
  August 29, 2009
 

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