It is not too late to offer a 140 Year birthday wish to the Alexander Graham Bell telephone.
On March 7, 1876 the patent was issued and on March 10, 1876 the historic first call was placed and the spoken message was heard beckoning Mr. Watson. What is quiet fascinating is in 1874 Western Union President William Orton uttered very prescient words that the telephone will become “the nervous system of commerce.” If we think for a moment how and why we communicate we would have to agree fully with the statement. Given there may be a personal SMS text or two to your spouse and children!
I am humbled and extremely grateful to have the opportunity to participate in the 140 year history and evolution of telecommunications. Every day we get to help companies scale and grow their businesses through solutions we create for them around their unique needs and leverage an immense telecommunications infrastructure in doing so.
As I write this post I am watching a Connecticut public hearing online via streaming video regarding the raised bill 331 regarding high speed internet which started at 11am this morning and as of 3:45pm has no end in sight…
As the debate and discussion continues, it serves as a clear present day example of the fact that our entire telecommunication systems have become the central nervous system of all commerce.
So as you raise a glass with me to thank Alexander Graham Bell tonight I ask you to think and share with me what you think telecommunications will look and feel like 140 years from now? Will we even need devices to communicate with each other? What do you think?