As far back as August 5, 1858, when the first transatlantic cable was completed, August has been a month of firsts and change for the Bell System. In the book, Events in Telecommunications History published by AT&T Archives, researchers provide a unique chronological record by both year and month of important events in the history of AT&T up to and including 1984.
While post 1984 represents the restructuring of AT&T after deregulation, it is important to note that the Bell System also represented various entities to include the Bell Laboratories and Western Electric to name a few.
Although not comprehensive, this list of "firsts" for the Bell System during the month of August offers insight into a company that was known for innovation and research.
In 1984, a restructured AT&T marks the beginning of the Post-Bell System.
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