National Geographic : 1928 Dec
Where working together is everything An Advertisement of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company IT IS the aim of the Bell Sys- . tem that anyone anywhere in the country can pick up a tele phone and talk to anyone anywhere else clearly and without de lay. That is the meaning of universal service. To provide it, the means of telephoning must be uniformly good. Each of the 24 operating companies of the Bell System has full access to all the improvements and methods that are continually being made. There are 5000 workers on the staffs of the American Telephone and Tele graph Company and the Bell Labora tories whose sole occupation is to de velop constantly improving methods and equipment for the 350,000 em ployees of the Bell System to use in OA-jD Briotpjp serving the public. The re sults of the efforts are evident, not only in the extension of telephone service across the Atlantic, but in the constantly im proving local and long distance service at home. The very nature of the telephone business necessitates a single intercon nected system. The American Tele phone and Telegraph Company ac cepts its responsibility for a nation wide telephone service as a public trust. It is fundamental in the policy of the Company that all earnings after regu lar dividends and a surplus for finan cial security be used to give more and better service to the public.