On This Day in Telephone History July 6TH 1964 The Federal Telecommunications System, the world’s largest private line network, began operation. The system linked 750,000 U.S. government telephones in more than 400 cities throughout the country. It provided direct, desk-to-desk dialing between 8,000 Federal civil offices of the government. The FTS has been replaced by the Federal Telecommunications Service 2000.
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