Primary text::
Mischa Schwartz, Telecommunication Networks- Past, Present, and Future, 1997

Other suggested readings: (More to be provided in class)

  • John V. Pavlik (1997). New Media Technology: Cultural and Commercial Perspectives. Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 2nd Edition.
  • W.Stallings, Data and Computer Communications, Prentice-Hall, 6th ed., 2000 (earlier editions ok as well)
  • Bibliography in Schwartz text above
  • Relevant Columbia Web sites: CTR, Comet, Advent, CS dept.
  • Current journals on telecommunications, such as
      - IEEE Communications Magazine
      - IEEE Networks
      - IEEE Personal Communications Magazine
      - Data Communications (trade journal) and its successor, Network Magazine (search both)

    Material Placed on Reserve (as of 1/25/00):
    In Engineering Library, 422 Mudd Bldg (hours), except as noted below.

    1. Books

  • Hauben and Hauben, Netizens: chapters 5-8, on history of the Internet
  • W. Stallings, Data and Computer Communications, 5th and 6th eds. : selected material on technology
  • M. Schwartz, Computer Communication Design and Analysis, 1977, chapter 2 for historical material on packet switching (examples of networks)
  • M. Schwartz, Telecommunication Networks, 1987, chaps. 1 and 3 for material on networks; portions of chaps. 8 and 9 on Aloha protocol and LANs
  • M. Schwartz, Information Transmission, Modulation, and Noise, 4th ed., 1990, selected material on technology and LANs: Secs. 1-1 to 1-3; Figs. 3-2, 3-3, 3-11, 3-12, 3-13, 3-15, 3-16, 3-18, 3-32, Sec. 3-9, Sec. 5-1, Figs. 5-10, 5-12, 5-15, 5-16, 5-17, 5-20, 5-22
  • (In Science/Math. Library, Math. Bldg) Janet Abbate, Inventing the Internet, 1999

    2. Documents, papers (Note: Most of the journals referenced are available in the Library as well.)


  • Henry H. Abbott, Memorandum re Nike Zeus Data Network, plus portion of article on the Arpanet after 20 years.
  • B. M. Leiner et al, The Past and Future History of the Internet, Communications of the ACM, Feb. 1997, vol. 40, no. 2

    Current Access Technologies ( DSL, cable modems, etc.)

  • Special report, High-Speed Data Races Home, Scientific American, Oct. 1999 (series of brief articles, each on a different access technology)
  • Stefan Knight, The Role of ADSL in Internet Access, IEEE Computer Magazine, July 1999
  • Amitava Dutta-Roy, A Second Wind for Wiring, IEEE Spectrum, Sept. 1999
  • Amitava Dutta-Roy, Fixed Wireless Routes for Internet Access, IEEE Spectrum, Sept. 1999
  • Amitava Dutta-Roy, Cable, it's not just for TV, IEEE Spectrum, May 1999

    Internet: Electronic commerce, impact of possible regulation, as learning tool, online investing, etc.

  • Electronic Commerce, R. Aaron and R. Skillen, eds, special issue, IEEE Communications Magazine, Sept. 1999
  • Eszeter Hargittai, Radio's Lessons for the Internet, Communications of the ACM, Jan. 2000, vol. 43, no. 1
  • Elliot Soloway et al, K-12 and the Internet, Communications of the ACM, Jan. 2000, vol. 43, no. 1
  • Special report, Technology 2000: Communications, The Internet, Computing, Consumer Electronics, IEEE Spectrum, Jan. 2000
  • Lucas Introna and Helen Nissenbaum, Defining the Web: The Politics of search Engines, IEEE Computer Magazine, Jan. 2000
  • Sixto Ortiz, Jr., E-mail Protection Advances with New Technologies, IEEE Computer Magazine, Jan. 2000
  • Prabhudev Konana et al, The Implications of Online Investing, Communications of the ACM, Jan. 2000, vol. 43, no.1
  • State of the Internet: Roundtable 5.0, IEEE Spectrum, Oct. 1999: roundtable discussion with some leading figures involved with Internet applications

    Wireless Networking

  • Malcolm W. Oliphant, The Mobile Phone meets the Internet, IEEE Spectrum, Aug. 1999
  • Charles Severance, IEEE 802.11: Wireless is Coming Home, IEEE Computer Magazine, Nov. 1999
  • Amitava Dutta-Roy, Networks for Homes, IEEE Spectrum, Dec. 1999
  • Barry Miller, Satellites Free the Mobile Phone, IEEE Specrum, March 1998