|Re: Western Union Private Line Voice Service -- "Hot Line"|
|Robert Bonomi (email@example.com)|
Sat, 13 Aug 2005 15:21:59 -0000
In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>,|
> In the mid 1960s Western Union introduced a private line voice service
> The connection between the two telephones was actually not a dedicated
> The article said the service was popular among brokers between field
> Obviously this service had some limitations since it was telephone-set
Correct. It was a dedicated line/circuit. Either physical or 'virtual'.
There was minimalist special-purpose 'central-office' equipment for
> I don't know if WU permitted any kind of
Pretty vanilla innards -- omitting the dial assembly was common.
A limited (max 3?, 5?) number of extensions _were_ supported/allowed
> For example, a secretary might want to
> WU also reported customers wanted to get the service in more cities
> None the less, it seemed like a pretty good idea for its time.
> Would anyone know how successful this service was and how long it
"Ring down" circuits are not uncommon today, although they have been
At least in Chicago, the telco provided the dedicated circuits -- dry wire
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