National Geographic : 1911 Nov
For Universal Service The Press and the Bell System The power of the individual writer is multiplied by the printing press. In the same way the power of the individual telephone is multiplied by the Bell system. In both cases, increased usefulness comes from progress towards universal service. By means of the press the knowledge and thoughts of writers are spread throughout the land, maintaining among all the people the common language and the mutual understanding which makes for national co-operation. By means of the Bell system, each individual telephone becomes connectable with every other telephone and each unit in the nation is given a personal membership in the most highly developed system of communication that the world has ever seen. The press prepares people for co-opera tion; the Bell telephone system enables them to really co-operate. The press educates people separately; the telephone enables them to act upon their mutual knowledge immediately and at any distance. By co-operation with telegraph and cable systems, universal service for com munication is being made international. AMERICAN TELEPHONE AND AND ASSOCIATED One Policy One System TELEGRAPH COMPAN IES COMPANY Universal Service "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."