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General Telephone and Electronics

General Telephone and Electronics was the largest of the "independent" telephone companies during the days of the Bell System[?].

In recent years GTE merged with Bell Atlantic to form Verizon.

U.S. Subsidiaries

GTE provided local telephone service in a large number of areas of the U.S.

They also owned Automatic Electric[?], a telephone equipment supplier similar in many ways to Western Electric.

Foreign Subsidiaries

GTE operated in Canada via controlling interest in subsidiary companies such as BC TEL and Quebec Tel[?].

Its former Canadian subsidiaries have combined with the former Alberta Government Telephones[?] (AGT) to create TELUS, the second largest telecommunications carrier in Canada.

See also: Telco

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