National Geographic : 1927 May
Communication for a Growing Nation An Advertisement of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company THE first telephone call was \ made from one room to an other in the same building. The first advance in telephony made pos sible conversations from one point to another in the same town or commu nity. The dream of the founders of the Bell Telephone System, however, was that through it, all the separate com munities might some day be intercon nected to form a nation-wide community. Such a community for speech by telephone has now become a reality, and the year-by-year growth in the number of long distance telephone calls shows how rapidly it is developing. This super-neighborhood, extending from town to town and state to state, ' ,' TED has grown as the means of com munication have been provided to serve its business and social needs. The growth is strikingly shown by the extension of long distance telephone facilities. In 1925, for additions to the long distance telephone lines, there was expended thirty-seven million dollars. In 1926 sixty-one million dollars. Dur ing 1927 and the three following years, extensions are planned on a still greater scale, including each year about two thousand miles of long distance cable. These millions will be expended on long distance telephone lines to meet the nation's growth and their use will help to further growth.