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1879

West Virginia's first telephone line was strung in Wheeling

Other events that happened on or around 1879

May 15, 1880

The state’s first telephone exchange was placed in service in Wheeling with about 25 subscribers

1880

West Virginia's first telephone exchange was placed in service in Wheeling

Other events that happened on or around 1880

1882

Telephone switchboards were installed in Parkersburg

Other events that happened on or around 1882

1884

Telephone switchboards were installed at Huntington

Other events that happened on or around 1884

1886

Telephone switchboards were installed at Martinsburg

Other events that happened on or around 1886

1889

All telephone exchanges in northern West Virginia were interconnected

Other events that happened on or around 1889

1890

Telephone switchboards were installed at Grafton

Other events that happened on or around 1890

1891

Telephone switchboards were installed at Clarksburg

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1893

Telephone switchboards were installed at Bluefield

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1894

Telephone switchboards were installed at Fairmont

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1896

Telephone switchboards were installed at Morgantown

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1897

The American Telephone & Telegraph Company extended a long distance line from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, to Charleston through Point Pleasant

Other events that happened on or around 1897

1901

Another long distance telephone line was constructed through West Virginia

Other events that happened on or around 1901

1916

The Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Company of West Virginia was incorporated

Other events that happened on or around 1916

1925

Dial service was introduced in Huntington

Other events that happened on or around 1925

1956

Direct distance telephone dialing was introduced in Wheeling and Moundsville

Other events that happened on or around 1956

1984

Charleston became the first city in U.S. to be able to chose long-distance carriers other than AT&T

Other events that happened on or around 1984

2003

Verizon West Virginia received the Federal Communications Commission's approval to offer long-distance service in West Virginia

Other events that happened on or around 2003

Oct 26, 2004

Cingular merged with AT&T


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