Local Telephone Services

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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We take our local telephone services for granted, but think of where we'd be without them. The technology, if you pause to think about it, is amazing. The concept is inspiring. In 1904 it meant twin strands of copper carrying a single conversation across hundreds or thousands of miles. In 2004 it means fiber optic lines carrying hundreds of conversations and millions of bits of data across hundreds and thousands of miles at the same time.

In 1984 the FCC and federal courts determined that the monopoly that Ma Bell and AT&T enjoyed over the telecommunications industry wasn't equitable. It wasn't. Since then, long distance and local telephone services and companies have proliferated. The market is strong and your selection as a consumer incredibly wide. You have a real opportunity to take advantage of opportunities other than the local--as I call it--Ma Bell substitute. A little online research makes comparing rates and features of local telephone services easy and convenient.

You might also ponder how cellular technology is beginning to intrude on the traditional land-line telephone services. You're no longer bound to the telephone box at the end of the hall or downstairs. It wasn't that long ago that having a telephone upstairs or in your bedroom was a luxury. You had to run to get the phone. Worst case scenario nowadays, you wonder where you left the receiver of the cordless.

Local Telephone Services: The Basis of Bell's Invention

When Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1975, it was at once a simple affair and a breakthrough. He found a way to capture sound waves, push them along copper wires, and reproduce them at the far end. The microphone was a matter of carbon molecules compressed by the sound waves from your voice changing the current of the electricity flowing through the device.


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