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Western Union & OCC Leased Bandwidth

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  • ozob99
    Previous posts have mentioned WU leasing voice channels from AT&T for their VFCT systems,which probably numbered in the hundreds nationwide. WU also leased
    Message 1 of 2 , May 7, 2003
      Previous posts have mentioned WU leasing voice channels from AT&T for
      their VFCT systems,which probably numbered in the hundreds nationwide.

      WU also leased higher bandwidths, groups & supergroups, in the larger
      city cities, e.g. a supergroup between Washington & Richmond,which was
      extended from the Richmond CO on coax to the WU CO;and another i
      believe Washington-Norfolk.

      MCI and other OCC's leased up to a mastergroup occasionally when their
      facilities were'nt sufficient or not yet built ,an example was
      Washington-Norfolk, mastergroup connected through Richmond.A trouble
      on this mastergroup was expedited so MCI would'nt cry foul to the FCC.
    • jerry beck
      AT&T reciprocated by leasing several groups and supergroups on the WU transcon MW system. at least during the sixties and early seventies. If one system or
      Message 2 of 2 , May 7, 2003
        AT&T reciprocated by leasing several groups and supergroups on the WU transcon MW system. at least during the sixties and early seventies. If one system or another was in trouble, WU dispatchers and telco, as we referred to the various entities, would swap groups or whole supergroups from one system to another. Some of those groups stayed on WU facilities for quite a while.

        WU also used railroad MW and other circuits for emergency restoration as needed. There was a good bit or facilities trading in those days from one system to another between the larger cities. Due to mandated avoidance routing, most of the MW junctions were located in areas where reliable telco facilities were not available. The Romney J when first turned up was in GTE territory, and the best the local office offered was a four party line with numbers like 4J23, best I recall. If you wanted to call out, the operator did that for you.
        After a few years, a few reliable landline circuits were established with AT&T Clarksburg. And eventually, that part of WV lost the wall crank phones and the local operators. Sorry for wandering off topic like that.


        ----- Original Message -----
        From: ozob99
        To: coldwarcomms@yahoogroups.com
        Sent: Wednesday, May 07, 2003 4:17 PM
        Subject: [coldwarcomms] Western Union & OCC Leased Bandwidth


        Previous posts have mentioned WU leasing voice channels from AT&T for
        their VFCT systems,which probably numbered in the hundreds nationwide.

        WU also leased higher bandwidths, groups & supergroups, in the larger
        city cities, e.g. a supergroup between Washington & Richmond,which was
        extended from the Richmond CO on coax to the WU CO;and another i
        believe Washington-Norfolk.

        MCI and other OCC's leased up to a mastergroup occasionally when their
        facilities were'nt sufficient or not yet built ,an example was
        Washington-Norfolk, mastergroup connected through Richmond.A trouble
        on this mastergroup was expedited so MCI would'nt cry foul to the FCC.


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