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Railroads have always been leaders in new technologies, especially communications technology.

This dates back to the days of the telegraph when railroads figured out telegraph lines fit neatly in their right of way and made operations more efficient. Western Union used railroad right of ways. Associated Press, news by telegraph, followed.

You can read about Missouri Pacific's first installation of computers in the '50s in Craig Miner's book, reviewed here: http://boards.fool.com/rebirth-of-the-missouri-pacific-1956-...

And keep in mind, Sprint began as the Southern Pacific RR internal communication microwave network. Spr is Southern Pacific Railroad.
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