National Geographic : 1929 Nov
800,000 ADDITIONAL TELEPHONES ARE GOING INTO USE THIS YEAR A million and a half dollars a day An Advertisement of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company MORE than 200 new Bell tele phone buildings are going up this year in the United States, 800,000 additional telephones are going into use and new switchboards to care for 3,000,000 additional calls a day. Thousands of miles of new cable, millions of miles of wire, new carrier systems, vacuum tubes and loading coils. These are a few of the things in the 1929 construction and improvement program of the Bell System which will cost more than 550 million dollars-a million and a half a day. Telephone growth is essential to the new American civilization of better opportunity for the average man. The Bell System employs more than 400,000 workers, is owned by 450,000 stockholders, and serves the people of the nation. Every day the Bell System is extend ing its lines to more people, increasing the speed and accuracy of its service, giving greater comfort and con venience in telephone use. All of this is done that each individual may get the most from this means of all inclu sive and instantaneous communication and that the nation may be one neighborhood. This is part of the tele phone ideal that anyone, anywhere, shall be able to talk quickly and at reasonable cost with anyone, anywhere else. There is no standing still in the Bell System.