Milestones in National Service
An Advertisement of the American Telephone and Telegraph
There are twenty-five Bell companiesbut only one Bell System
- and one Bell aim and ideal, stated byPresident Walter S.Gifford
"A telephone service for this nation, so far as humanly possible
free from imperfections, errors or delays, and enabling anyone
anywhere at any time to pick up a telephone and talk to anyone
else anywhere else in this country, clearly, quickly and at
a reasonable cost."
The past year brought the service of the Bell Telephone System
measurably nearer that goal. Seven hundred and eighty-one thousand
telephones were added to the System-bringing the total number
interconnected in and with the Bell to more than seventeen and
a half million. The number of applications waiting for service,
including those in new and outlying sections, was reduced fifty
A third transcontinental telephone line was completed to the
The largest number of miles of toll wire for one year was added
to the System-more than 664,000 miles.
The average length of time for completing toll calls throughout
the System was lowered by thirty-five seconds.
A seven per cent improvement over the previous year was made
in the quality of voice transmission in toll calls.
An adjustment was made in long distance rates amounting to
a reduction of about $3,000,000 annually.
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