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About this video

A short film about the building of the World Trade Center AND the telephony challenges the construction posed. The Bell System had installed a #1ESS Western Electric central office switching system within the towers. There are plenty of shots of the Towers being built, and then filled by companies, back in the 1970s.

After 9/11, it was reported that one of the few things to survive the WTC attacks was AT&T's switching system, which was good because many people relied on the mainframe for their telephone connectivity. AT&T's local network switching equipment that routes telephone calls was located in a deep sub-basement of the Towers and somehow survived the collapse of the buildings. None of AT&T's employees were hurt in the attacks.

Footage courtesy of AT&T Archives and History Center, Warren, NJ

Release date: 09/09/2011