Re: [coldwarcomms] Interesting item on eBay web site item#1017541390: COMMUNI...
- On the reverse it says:
"This switching center is a part of a nationwide
underground network that provides our government a
dependable communications system in case of a nuclear
The buildings are designed and constructed to withstand
a blast two and one-half miles away, one thousand times
more powerful than the "A" bomb.
These remarkable installations [note plural] are the
result of years of close cooperation among government
agencies and private enterprise. The basic criteria
were developed by the United States Army and the
American Society of Civil Engineers. The general
specifications were determined after research by the
Bell Telephone Laboratories and the University of
Illinois. Private architectural and contracting firms
executed the final design and construction of the
individual buildings [note plural again] under contract
to the Bell System Operating Companies. The Western
Electric Company, the manufacturing and supply unit of
the Bell System [like no one heard of WE in 1960s],
built and installed the complex electronic equipment.
The Bell System has invested about $200 million in this
nationwide underground network. Pacific Telephone's
investment amounted to some $40 million including $20
million for this site [note singular now] which it
staffs and operates around the clock."
> Interesting that the dish was issued by Pacific Telephone, suggesting a local
> BOC involvement with hardened facilities.
> In a message dated 10/30/2001 9:39:15 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> long-lines@... writes:
> > Anybody seen one of these before/know anything?
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> > http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1017541390
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