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Postal Telegraph Cable Co. v. Tonopah & T. R. Co., 248 U.S. 471 (1919)

Postal Telegraph Cable Company v.

Tonopah & Tidewater Railroad Company

Nos. 130, 217, 404

Argued January 7, 9, 1919

Decided January 20, 1919

248 U.S. 471


The amendment of June 18, 1910, which brought telephone, telegraph, and cable companies within the Act to Regulate Commerce, contains a proviso (§ 7) that nothing in the act shall be construed to prevent such companies "from entering into contracts with common carriers, for the exchange of services." Held that the exchange of services may extend to those rendered by a telegraph company for a railway company beyond the line of the railway and those rendered by the railway company for the telegraph company beyond the line of the telegraph, and may be arranged upon the basis of reciprocal advantage, without regard to the rates chargeable for similar services to the public. P. 248 U. S. 474.

176 App.Div. 910; 242 F. 914; 249 F. 664, affirmed.

The cases are stated in the opinion.

Page 248 U. S. 472

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