General Telephone and ElectronicsGeneral 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.
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.
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