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In 1904, Edmonton’s father of the telephone Alex Taylor sold his company to the city for $17,000. Edmonton began the operation of its new utility on 1 January 1905 variably under the name City Telephones or City Telephone System, a brand name that would remain unchanged for 66 years.

Mascot In 1967, perhaps in keeping with Centennial Year celebrations, the utility became known by the lower-case name, edmonton telephones—or et, predating Steven Spielberg’s science-fiction movie of the same name by 15 years. For many Edmontonians, however, the only name to stick would be Ed Tel.

In 1995, TELUS acquired Ed Tel from the City of Edmonton for $467 million, ending the era of government-owned telecommunications carriers in Alberta.

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