The telecom system is the Confederacy's personal computer, telephone, television, and Internet, all rolled into one. It is built into all houses, in much the same way as electrical wiring and plumbing are in our timeline.

There are numerous communications companies operating in the Confederacy; Grey, Bell, and Acme are the three largest.

In 2008, this is not as amazing as it was in 1979, when the Probability Broach was first written.

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