Lewis-Sylvan Debate on Government Ownership of Telephones and Telegraphs : Giving Speech of Mr. T. P. Sylvan, Assistant to Vice-President, New York Telephone Company, in Debate with the Hon. David J. Lewis, Representative from Maryland, Before the Providen
Excerpt from Lewis-Sylvan Debate on Government Ownership of Telephones and Telegraphs: Giving Speech of Mr. T. P. Sylvan, Assistant to Vice-President, New York Telephone Company, in Debate With the Hon. David J. Lewis, Representative From Maryland, Before the Providence Economic Club, Providence, Rhode Island, April 22, 1914 Now, of course, I have not told you the whole story in rate com parisons. What good are rate comparisons if you do not consider what you get for your money? I am not talking now about the quality of service, which, as anyone knows who has traveled abroad, is for the most part much inferior to American telephone service. I am talking now about the length of hours during which the telephone service is available to the public abroad. Take Switzerland, for example - the country with which Mr. Lewis is so in love for statistical purposes. 9670 of the exchanges in Switzerland close at 9 o'clock P. M. 46% operate from 7 A. M. To noon; then close two hours for lunch; then open again until 6 P. M.; then close two hours for tea; then, to show that they are not so bad after all, they open at 8 and stay open until P. M., then put up the shutters for the night. I am afraid Provi dence would not stand for that kind of public service motive. Or take New Zealand, where the Government has reduced things to so beautiful a basis, and where, incidentally, they have a debt rate of about $400 per capita; 84% of all their telephone exchanges are not open on Sundays; 80% are not open on holidays; and 60% are open on week days only from 9 A. M. To 5 P. M. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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