Telephony Volume 13

Telephony Volume 13

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ... Iowa, had been secured as traffic manager, with Mr. Owen Freeman as his chief switchboard man. Largely through the efforts of these two, and the loyalty and invaluable assistance of the few ex-Bell operators with the new company, together with the determination and untiring efforts of the new operators and other employes of the company, order was brought out of chaos, and by September the service of the local company was equal to that of the Bell. Improvement continued until by October the quality of service in most parts of the city was superior to that furnished by the old company. The Bell exchange numbered 1,471 telephones April 1, 1896. The following October the success of the Citizens' company was so assured that nearly half the Bell subscribers ordered their telephones removed. Meanwhile the Citizens' growth was larger than could be conveniently cared for. In November the Bell company reduced its business rate to $24, and began the giving of free service to residence users, and for two years continued this policy. During that period they kept from five to twenty solicitors in the field, and placed telephones in anyone's residence without regard to cost of construction or probable future business. This resulted in a very large increase in the number of Bell telephones, so that at the end of the two years they had about 4,500 in service in Grand Rapids. Meanwhile the Citizens' company increased the number of its telephones each month and had reached about 2,500. It had not changed its rates, as it was realized that if the company could not maintain $30 and $20 rates, which were necessary to meet its financial demands, it would not be able to maintain any other rates, as undoubtedly the Bell would then continue to furnish less than...
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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 23mm | 776g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236743873
  • 9781236743879