December 2013 brings two important anniversaries for the world of telecom policy. First, December 19 marks the 100th anniversary of the Kingsbury Commitment, the letter from American Telephone and Telegraph Vice President Nathan Kingsbury to to the U.S. Attorney General offering to settle the antitrust action against AT&T by allowing interconnection for all surviving rival phone companies (which by that time mostly meant companies in rural areas AT&T did not want to buy) and supporting the concept of universal service. (text here)
Second, December 10 marks the tenth anniversary of when I started doing this blog, Tales of the Sausage Factory.
Stipulated the first has had much greater impact on telecom policy, but I like to think we here at Wetmachine have done our bit as best we can. For those curious, here is a link to my first ever post, although I actually think this over here (which quickly follows) remains one of the funniest things I’ve ever written about telecom policy (mind you, this is not a hard bar to meet).
A few nostalgic reflections and links to my favorite posts below, as well as seeking reader advice on what to do going forward . . .