National Geographic : 1920 Sep
The Public Confidence An important part of the manage ment of the Bell System is to keep the public informed concerning all matters relating to the telephone. We consider this an essential part of our stewardship in the operation of this public utility. It is due not only the 130,000 shareholders, but it is due the whole citizenship of the country. We have told you of new inventions to improve service, of the growth of service,of problems involved in securing materials, employing and training work ers, of financing new developments, and of rates necessary to maintain service. You have been taken into our confi dence as to what we are doing, how we do it, why we do it. You have been told of our efforts to meet unusual con ditions; of how we have bent every energy to provide service in the face of storms, floods, fires. It is an enormous task today to pro vide adequate service in the face of shortage of workers, raw materials, manufacturing production and trans portation. Nevertheless the service of the Bell System has been improved and extended this year. Over 350,000 new stations have been put into operation. And the loyal workers of the Bell System are es tablishing new records for efficiency and will establish new records for service. AMERICAN TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH COMPANY AND ASSOCIATED COMPANIES One Policy One System Universal Service "Mention The Geographic-It identifies you"