tele·​com·​mu·​ni·​ca·​tion | \ ˌte-li-kə-ˌmyü-nə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce telecommunication (audio) \

Definition of telecommunication

1 : communication at a distance (as by telephone)
2 : technology that deals with telecommunication usually used in plural

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The telecommunications industry, meanwhile, is working on a call-certifying protocol (known as STIR) as well as guidelines for implementing it (known as SHAKEN) in the coming years. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, "‘Stop Robocalling Me!’; ‘I Didn’t!’," 31 Dec. 2018 Facilities in Florida, Texas, Arkansas, Connecticut, and Georgia have also purchased the technology, which is primarily supplied by prison telecommunications firm Securus Technologies. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Prisons Are Building Giant Biometric Databases of Prisoners' Voices," 1 Feb. 2019 Fiber optic cables also have gotten on his radar, but not for purposes of telecommunication. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "Chevron CIO Says Technology Triggers Faster Human Decisions," 29 Jan. 2019 Law enforcement agencies are required to obtain a warrant to force tech companies to build backdoors into their services, but no further judicial oversight would be necessary to intercept telecommunications once a warrant has been issued. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook’s role in the French protests has polarized observers," 11 Dec. 2018 Ten municipalities still have intermittent internet and phone service, said Sandra Torres, president of the island's telecommunications regulatory board. Danica Coto, Fox News, "Puerto Rico unveils new emergency preparations after Maria," 12 Sep. 2018 The proliferation of rental scooters also draws on advances in telecommunications. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Electric scooters’ sudden invasion of American cities, explained," 7 Sep. 2018 In a variety of cases, Kavanaugh has historically ruled in favor of large business, including telecommunication companies, insurance companies, cable companies, and the auto industry. Abigail Simon, Time, "President Trump Picked Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. Who Is He?," 10 July 2018 The National Security Agency is deleting more than 685 million call records the government obtained since 2015 from telecommunication companies in connection with investigations. Deb Riechmann And Susannah George,, "NSA raises questions as it begins deleting more than 685 million call records," 30 June 2018

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1932, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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