Charting our own course (Nov, 1961)

Charting our own course

Over the years Gen Tel has become a large and important part of the nation’s vast communications network.

In fact, Gen Tel is today the largest of the many Independent telephone companies that supply a substantial share of America’s great and growing communications needs.

By striving for strength through self-reliance, Gen Tel has become a fully integrated communications system-with separate operating, manufacturing and research facilities.

Although we chart our own course in providing modern communications in 31 states, we contribute to the economic growth of the entire nation by drawing on hundreds of businesses, large and small, for many of our needs.

We at General Telephone & Electronics will continue to build on the principle that self-reliance is the nation’s strength, as it is our strength. By charting new courses, we intend to forward our progress and that of America through more and better communications for home, business and national defense.

General Telephone & Electronics Corporation, 730 Third Ave., New York 17.


  1. hwertz says: May 29, 20114:05 pm

    At some point they changed their (shortened) name to GTE (which still stood for General Telephone & Electronics… although some people used to rag on their service and say it stood for “Great Telephone Experiment”.) Bell Atlantic and NYNEX merged in the late 1990s, and they merged with GTE shortly afterwards to form Verizon (landline).

    Verizon Wireless also got some bits of GTE — it merged at about the same time from BAM (Bell Atlantic Mobile), NYNEX Mobile, Airtouch, PrimeCo PCS, and GTE Mobilenet (and USWest New Vector had just merged with Airtouch before these guys all merged together.)

  2. Michael, N5RLR says: July 5, 20114:39 pm

    GTE (“Greatly Troubled Electronics,” “Generally Terrible Electronics,” “Good at Taking your Earnings,” etc. ad nauseam) had several telephone exchanges around the periphery of the city of Dallas for years. The level of service was adequate, although at times quirky. It wasn’t unusual to hear an occasional intermittent “pinging” noise on the line when calling (as in, while the number was still ringing) or speaking to someone on that system.

    And sometimes there would be trouble in connecting, if one were calling from a Southwestern Bell (then in the Bell System, now AT&T) exchange to a GTE one. I’d often wondered about that…

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