Carolina Telephone & Telegraph
The company was originally an independent company, but was purchased by United Telecom and merged with the United Telephone System of North Carolina, becoming a local operating company of Sprint. In 2006 Sprint's landline service was spun off as Embarq, which merged with CenturyTel in 2009 to form CenturyLink.
Carolina Telephone's service area generally covered most of eastern North Carolina east of Interstate 95 with the exception of areas around Wilmington and Goldsboro and areas south of U.S. Route 74. The company also served customers in the Sandhills and eastern Piedmont of North Carolina, primarily south and west of Raleigh. The company additionally had a pocket of outlying customers in the Kernersville area of eastern Forsyth County.