October 10, 1942

Priority To War-Effort Calls
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Beginning November 1, long-distance phone calls related to the war effort will be given the highest priority in routing. The Board of War Communication (BWC) issued the decree yesterday, which mandates telephone companies put through calls in the number one category even if this means interrupting conversations in progress. The number one category is for calls concerning the movement of armed forces during combat operations, urgent orders to the same, immediate enemy dangers, and natural disasters affecting the war effort or public security. The number two category is for all other calls related to national defense. The number three category is for official calls related to governmental functions, war production, maintenance of essential public services, food production, and public health. Civilian phone calls will be completed after these three categories on a first come, first serve basis.

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