National Geographic : 1911 Sep
Comparisonof the DistanceTraveled by EarthandBell Telephone Messages The Orbit of Universal Service In one year the earth on its orbit around the sun travels 584,000,000 miles; in the same time telephone messages travel 23,600,000,000 miles over the path ways provided by the Bell system. That means that the 7,175,000,000 Bell con versations cover a distance forty times that traveled by the earth. When it is considered that each tele phone connection includes replies as well as messages, the mileage of talk becomes even greater. These aggregate distances, which ex ceed in their total the limits of the Solar system, are actually confined within the boundaries of the United States. They show the progress that has been made to wards universal service and the in tensive intercommunication between 90,000,000 people. No such mileage of talk could be pos sible in such a limited area were it not that each telephone is the center of one universal system. AMERICAN TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH COMPANY AND ASSOCIATED COMPANIES One Policy One System Universal Service "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."