From Alexander Graham Bell to AT&T

In1871, Scotland-born Alexander Graham Bell used to experiment with a harmonic telegraph in his Boston laboratory and his family home in Canada. His work as a lone inventor led to an extraordinary invention that would change the world: the telephone.

However, as related in Tim Wu’sThe Master Switch, Bell wouldn’t have gone far from his laboratory had it not been for several key people who helped turn his preliminary work into a formidable business. Thomas A. Watson, his assistant, helped complete the invention of the telephone. Theodore N. Vailbecame the president of American Bell Telephone Co in 1885 and turned it into one of the big players in the…