You've seen how telecommunications changes our lives and our world.
Local Message Long Distance Message
Early to Mid-1800s Runners
U.S. to Europe--4-6 weeks
Stage coach--20 days St. Louis to Sacramento
Pony Express--10 days
Telegraph (U.S.)--1-3 days
Late 1800s to Early 1900s Operator assisted--several minutes Operator assisted--several hours
Early 1900s to 1980 Direct dial from stationary phone--instant Direct dial from stationary phone--usually instant
1980s to Now Cell phones from anywhere--instant for written, spoken, video Cell phones worldwide-- instant for written, spoken, video
Birth and Growth of Telecommunications
It's Happening Now
In April 2011 CenturyLink merged with Qwest to form the third-largest traditional telephone company in the nation. The 14 states served by Qwest are seeing changes as CenturyLink introduces itself to new customers. CenturyLink had been serving some rural areas of Colorado and now will serve urban areas as well.

What's Next?

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We are a non-profit 501( c ) 3 headquartered in Denver with a branch in Seattle, WA. We hope the exhibit has helped you understand how telecommunications changes our lives and our world. We appreciate the support that Qwest, and its predecessor USWest, provided to our organization over the years. Learn more about us at:

Our thanks to the Western History Department of Denver Public Library for hosting this exhibit. We also thank the Cherry Creek Sprint Store for the display of an HTC EVO ShiftTM 4G and the Cable Center, AT&T Archives, and Roach Photo, Inc., for research support and photographs.
Thank you to the sponsors of this exhibit:

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