Welcome to Los Angeles Telephone!
This is the official web site of Los Angeles Telephone, an independant private telephone network
based in Canoga Park, California.
Los Angeles Telephone History
716 S. Olive St., Downtown Los Angeles
Telephone building, built in 1911
An original Southern California Telephone
Company employee's badge
The first company to offer telephone service to the public in the Los Angeles area
was The Los Angeles Telephone Company.
The Los Angeles Telephone Company began offering service in 1879, just one year after the very first
telephone exchange in North America in New Haven, Connecticut, in January, 1878.
The Los Angeles Telephone Company originally started with seven
subscribers in the area of what is now
In 1883, The Los Angeles Telephone Company merged with another local telephone company based
in Northern California, Sunset Telephone Company. In 1906, the Sunset Telephone Company was
acquired by Pacific Telephone and Telegraph, later known as Pacific Bell.
Meanwhile, another telephone comany, the Home Telephone and Telegraph
Company, had also been operating in Los Angeles since 1902. By 1916, Home
Telephone had 60,000 subscribers, but these telephones could not connect
with telephones in the Sunset Telephone system. This created a very inconvenient
situation for telephone users in Los Angeles, as businesses were forced
to pay for two telephones, one from each service, and residents
could not call some other residents because they were on the wrong
Finally, an agreement was reached in 1916 to combine the two systems as
the Southern California Telephone Company, and consolidation was completed
in May, 1918. Southern California Telephone officially became part
of Pacific Telephone and Telegraph in 1947.
(Some of the historical information thanks to Gary Goff.)
Keeping Los Angeles Telephone Alive
Located in the San Fernando Valley, about 25 miles west of the Los Angeles
Telephone Company's original service area, Los Angeles Telephone
is a proud part of The Global C*NET System.
C*NET is a group of vintage telephone and telephone system collectors from all over the world,
who have connected their telephone systems together over the internet using VOIP (Voice Over IP)
The present Los Angeles Telephone system is an Asterisk PBX located in
Canoga Park, CA.
Asterisk is a free, open-source PBX telephone system that runs in UNIX.
Besides private local voice service, Los Angeles Telephone offers several
useful functions to the C*NET community, including:
- 1-383-5882 - UTC Time
- 1-853-1212 - Pacific Bell Time
- 1-936-1212 - Your Local Weather (dial your zip code at any time)
- 1-383-4001 - System Identification Message
- 1-383-4002 - Milliwatt
- 1-383-4003 - Echo Test
- 1-383-4007 - Your Caller ID Name
- 1-383-4008 - Your Caller ID Number
- 1-383-4009 - Numero de Caller ID en Español
- 1-383-4012 - DTMF Test
Click here for the complete Los Angeles Telephone Directory.
Currently, the Los Angeles Telephone switch is configured with Asterisk
version 1.4.24 on an EMachines PC with a Pentium 4 3GHz CPU, running Cent-OS
version 5.3. Users connect to the system using Grandstream HT-502 ATAs.
The CLLI Code for the Los Angeles
Telephone switch is CNPKCADUVS1 (Canoga Park CA, DUnkirk Voip Switch 1) and its V and H
coordinates are 9192,7947.
At Los Angeles Telephone, we're always here to help, or just to chat!
If you have a problem with or question about vintage Western Electric telephones and
small telephone systems from the sixties and seventies, or questions about Asterisk, please feel free to contact us.
Calls from other vintage telephone collectors and those interested in VOIP and Asterisk are always welcome!
We can be reached on C*NET at 1-383-4820. We're usually around every day between 10am and 6pm Pacific time.