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