AT&T Celebrates 150th Anniversary of Driving the Golden Spike

ATT Archives: A Desert Span building trunk telephone lines in 1929 from VOX Dallas on Vimeo.

On May 10, Utahns, elected officials, train enthusiasts and history buffs came together on the exact spot where the transcontinental railroad had been completed 150 years ago to the day to celebrate one of the most remarkable achievements of the 19th century. AT&T was proud to be a sponsor of the event, particularly because of how our own history tied in with the connection of the east and west coasts of the United States by rail.

In the 1920s, trains were used as a home base when running telephone lines through the American West. Throughout the U.S., the “first pass” to connecting the nation with telephony involved running telephone wires on poles next to train tracks. Even though those original wires no longer are used to transmit calls today, they can still be seen through the windows of passenger trains.

As part of the event, there was also a FirstNet deployables demonstration. FirstNet is the nationwide public safety broadband network, delivering services and solutions that are dedicated to first responders and those that support them. The demonstration included a SatCOLT (Satellite Cell on Light Truck), a FirstNet dedicated asset and mobile cell site that links to FirstNet via satellite. SatCOLTs do not rely on commercial power availability and provide first responders with similar capabilities and connectivity as a cell tower.

AT&T was proud to support Spike 150.

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