This paper outlines an ongoing empirical research project to identify a set of factors affecting the proliferation of emerging telecommunications technologies in organizations. Organizations (educational institutions, businesses, etc.) need to understand telecommunications technology from both planning and implementation perspectives to achieve quality high performance networking in the future. The research will consist of four stages: formulating a conceptual framework, gathering data from organizations using computer networks, analyzing the data to determine trends and opportunities in telecommunications deployment, and determining an optimal strategy for organizational migration to an emerging telecommunications technology.