Second Computer Inquiry - Computer Definition
Also known as Computer Inquiry II (CI II). In the United States, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) inquiry (1982) that re-examined the rules it established in the First Computer Inquiry (1971). CI II allowed AT&T to sell customer premises equipment (CPE), but required that it do so through a separate subsidiary. AT&T subsequently formed American Bell to satisfy that order. (As a point of interest, American Telephone and Telegraph (AT&T) was established in 1885 as a subsidiary of the American Bell Telephony Company to operate the long distance business.) The FCC also allowed the resale of public switched telephone network (PSTN) services like Message Telecommunications Service (MTS) and Wide Area Telecommunications Service (WATS). See also CPE, FCC, First Computer Inquiry, MTS, PSTN, and WATS.