What’s New


Recreating the Party Line Conference in 2021

January 9, 2021

Is there such a thing as a time machine? Not yet, but here's a modern take on the infamous impromptu conference calls and "party lines" of the past.

A novelty recreation of the old "party line" conference calls is now up and running as of Friday January 8, 2021. For more details and some recordings of the first night's activities, check out the Novelty PSTN Party Line Conference January 2021 page. And feel free to dial it yourself at 872-838-9983.

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Site Updates – November 2020

December 13, 2020

Some updates to the site as we continue our transition from our old site to this one:

The pages for Cellular Phone History have been completed. The section discusses pre-cellular (with MTS and IMTS), AMPS, 2G, 3G, 4G and now 5G.

Check out the section at the Cellular Phone History section page.

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Site updates – August 2020

August 22, 2020

Progress is being made with site updates, migrating the old site to the new one, and also adding new content.

Updates include the Links of Interest page and the Stories pages.

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Telephone News


Fun with a Number 5 Crossbar and trouble cards!

January 16, 2021

The Connections Museum in Seattle finally got their trouble card machine on their #5XB to work again. Fun with trouble cards!


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AT&T Central Office in Downtown Nashville is bombed on Christmas Day

December 26, 2020

Domestic terrorism hits the main downtown AT&T central office in Nashville, TN - knocking out communications for a good portion of town.

Link to news article

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CenturyLink is now Lumen Technologies

September 20, 2020

More name changes and more confusion on the telecom front.

CenturyLink (formerly CenturyTel, Embarq, Sprint, United Telephone, Qwest, US West, and a number of Baby Bells) is now called Lumen technologies, effective Sept. 18, 2020.


They will continue to market their residential and small business services as CenturyLink, but enterprise business is now called Lumen.


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