U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for January 25: First Transcontinental Phone Call
WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
FIRST TRANSCONTINENTAL PHONE CALL
Profile America — Monday, January 25th. On this date in 1915, east and west were linked by voice in the first transcontinental phone call. This event was a conference call involving Alexander Graham Bell in New York, his assistant Thomas Watson in San Francisco, President Woodrow Wilson in Washington, and the president of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company in Georgia. Using the new commercial service was a major financial commitment. The charge for a three-minute call from New York to San Francisco started at $20.70. That's over $487 today. Over 97 percent of America's households have phone service. Landline and cellular services combined cost these households an average of $1,315 per year. The cellular service cost alone is over $960. Profile America is in its19th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Phone service percentage: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_14_1YR_DP04&prodType=table
Phone service expenditures/pg. 4/accessed 11/12/2015: http://www.bls.gov/cex/2014/combined/age.pdf
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau