The Impact of the Telephone
Deeksha Deepak and Muriel Siegmund
The term telephone was first used to describe any apparatus for conveying sound to a distant point. The word was applied as early as 1796 to a megaphone, and not long afterward to a speaking tube. Alexander Graham Bell was granted a patent in March 1876 for a device that transmitted voice electronically. Commercialization began early in 1877. Within a very short time, telephone was a sophisticated system, capable of connecting moderately large number of users over relatively short distances. Expansion of its uses should have been so rapid, a testimony to the energy of the system’s promoters as it is to its mechanical and electrical completeness.