Bellhead


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Bellhead

A person involved with telephone networks or someone who thinks about networking from a circuit-switched point of view. Contrast with Nethead.
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While most often the focus lies with the computing researchers within a small number of universities and research centres or their independent 'hacker' counterparts (Hafner and Lyon, 1996; Abbate, 2000; Mowery and Simcoe, 2001; see also the review article of Rosenzweig, 1998), of equal significance was the work of people in the telecommunications companies--whom Frieden (2002) called, within the American context, the 'Bellheads' (referring to the Bell Telephone Company).
2002, 'Revenge of the Bellheads: How the Netheads Lost Control of the Internet', Telecommunications Policy, vol.
were thought of by the "bellheads" at the telephone companies