National Geographic : 1976 Dec
General Telephone & Electronics, One Stamford Forum, Stamford, Conn. 06904 A new domestic communications system helps create a more United States. The first of three COMSTAR satellites has inaugurated a sys tem that will handle 28,800 long-distance calls simulta neously. It will permit the paths Sof long-distance calls to be Routed more flexibly, to speed service when telephone traffic is heavy. Also, thanks to the co operation between GTE Satellite Corporation and AT&T, the system covers the entire country effi ciently with a minimum number of earth stations and satellites. Uniting a satellite system with the domestic phone network is an idea whose time had come.