National Geographic : 1911 Jun
The Good Road For Universal Service! Every man's home faces on a road which connects with every other road and leads to every other home throughout the whole land. Main highways connect with cross-roads so that a man can go where he chooses, easily and comfortably it conditions are favorable. But the going is not always the same; some roads are good-some are bad. The experts in the South illustrate the difference by showing four mules drawing two bales of cotton slowly over a pocr, muddy cross-road, and two mules drawing eight bales of cotton rapidly over a first class macadam highway. The Bell Telephone lines are the roads over which the speech of the nation passes. The highways and byways of personal communication are the 12,000,000 miles of wire connecting 6,000,000 telephones in homeson these highways. Steadilythe lines are being extended to every man's home. The public demands that all the roads of talk shall be good roads. It is not enough to have a system that is universal; there must be macadamized highways for talk all the way to every man's home. A single section of bad telephone line is enough to block communication or confine it to the immediate locality. Good going on the telephone lines is only possible with one policy and one system. Good going everywhere, at all times, is the aim of the Bell system. AMERICAN TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH AND ASSOCIATED COMPANIES COMPANY One Policy One System Universal Service "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."