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Flashback article - Jan. 6, 1938

Co-op Telephone System Planned For Community

We're celebrating our 70th birthday with an article from our first issue. The following story appeared on the front page of the Jan. 6, 1938 edition:

Co-op Telephone System Planned For Community

Lower Rates Contemplated For Rural Subscribers

Sandy citizens took definite action to overcome the present unsatisfactory telephone situation last week when the Sandy Chamber of Commerce gave its support to the move to organize a local cooperative phone company and voted to place responsibility for immediate action on Frank Christensen.

Mr. Christensen is a competent telephone executive and citizens are reported to have shown marked interest in the project at its inception.

Many residents of Sandy are reported to be ready to sign up for the new service and offers of financial support are said to be sufficient to make the project a success. Those actively engaged in the move claim that phone service can be extended to the extreme limits of the Sandy district at a price that rural dwellers can afford.

It is further claimed that while the present rate within the city may not be reduced, the outlying country can be supplied with service on a basis of very equitable rates, thereby giving the entire district the benefit of a complete service, and, as is pointed out, with a savings to the community of many thousands of dollars annually that now goes to outside sources.

The present move to better conditions was made as a result of a long drawn out period of dissatisfaction with the present set up and more recently when the present operating company got an authorization from the state utilities department for a toll charge on calls between Sandy and Gresham.

Present subscribers point out that in view of the fact that the Sandy and Gresham exchanges have been operated as a single unit since their inception, and in view of the short distance between the cities, the rate should never have been authorized.

More complete plans for the new company will be announced in the Post in the near future.