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This Week in Tech History: First Transatlantic Satellite Broadcast

On this edition of "This Week in Tech History", we head back to the 60s where we find the first live satellite broadcast between the U.S. and Europe.

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220px-1896_AddressographThis week in 1893 – Commercial production of the Addressograph, created by Joseph Duncan, started in Chicago, Illinois. The addressograph was an early labeling system.

Alexander Graham Bell making the first transcontinental telephone call.

1914 – The first transcontinental telephone service was inaugurated when two people held a conversation between New York and San Francisco.

1925 – Station 2XAG in Schenectady, NY became the first radio station in the U.S. to broadcast with a 50,000-watt transmitter. The station, soon known as WGY Radio, could broadcast with 50,000 watts, since it was owned by the General Electric Company — a company that knew lots about watts.

1962 – The “Telstar” communications satellite sent the first live TV broadcast to Europe. The bird was used to send TV programs between the United States and Europe.

1280px-Verizon_logo.svgAnd this week in 1998 – Bell Atlantic Corp. and GTE Corp. announced a $52.88 billion stock-swap deal to create the second-biggest telephone company — behind AT&T. The resulting mega-corporation would be named Verizon Communications

Written by Chris Graveline

Chris has covered consumer technology for over 20 years. He is the host of This Week in Tech History as well as a regular co-host on "Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline" and our Technical Director.

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