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May 27, 2014

The US Phone System

I highly recommend “Flash Boys” by Michael Lewis for anyone trying to learn more about the modern telecommunications industry. While the central theme of Mr. Lewis’ book is to take readers through the rapidly growing “Flash Trading” industry, the book also offers some great insight on how the average American perceives the internet to work, and how it actually works. Even while the country has moved increasingly towards VoIP, the large telecommunications companies continue the misconception of calls traveling a fairly straight line from our handset to the person we are calling. In fact, most of us may consider the map above to be a fairly accurate model of how our calls are routed before being picked up by a local carrier.

Source: http://vintageprintable.com/wordpress/vintage-printable-geopolitical/vintage-printable-geopolitical-2/geopolitical-3/geopolitical-map-america-telephone-circuits-1922-2/

This map is in fact 92 years old and would be unrecognizable when compared to the modern Telcom system. Michael Lewis likens the modern telecommunications network to a bowl of spaghetti as opposed to the common misconception that the line is as straight as a string holding together two cans. I think it’s time for more education by the large telecommunications carrier’s about how our calls are routed around the country.

JD Hague – Chief Financial Officer

Lewis, Michael. Flash Boys. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2014. Print.