National Geographic : 1914 Sep
What the Telephone Map Shows Exchanges Bell-connected, Exchanges Bell-owned. Exchanges not Bell- Placesserved by but not Bell-owned, owned or connected. two companies. VERY dot on the map marks a town where there is a telephone exchange, the same sized dot being used for a large city as for a small village. Some independent companies. Where joined together i one system they meet the needs of each community and, with their suburban lines, reach 70,000 places and over 8,000,000 subscribers. The pyramids show that only a minority The recent agreement between the of the exchanges are Bell-owned, and that Attorney General of the United States and the greater majority of the exchanges are the Bell System will facilitate connections owned by independent companies and between all telephone subscribers regard connected with «the Bell System. less of who owns the exchanges. At comparatively few points are there Over 8,000 different telephone companies two telephone companies, and there are have already connected their exchanges to comparatively few exchanges, chiefly rural, provide universal service for the whole which do not have outside connections. country. SAMERICAN TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH COMPANY AND ASSOCIATED COMPANIES One Policy One System Universal Service "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."