Sprint’s red diamond logo represented the combined achievements of many legendary predecessors, including United Telecommunications, US Sprint and Centel.
Each embraced the same bold approach that Sprint’s founder Cleyson Brown showed in 1899, when the Brown Telephone Company successfully went toe-to-toe with the Bell monopoly in Abilene, Kansas. By the mid-1970s, the company’s aggressive growth strategies had firmly established it as the nation’s largest independent local telephone provider.
When long distance opened to competition in the 1980s, Sprint immediately seized the opportunity. By 1986, Sprint led all U.S. telecom companies by completing the first nationwide, 100% digital, fiber-optic network. At the same time, the company was a pioneer in data communications, establishing the world’s third largest commercial packet data network in 1980.
Sprint charged into the 1990s with pacesetting moves for both consumers and businesses. The company that gave America pin-drop clarity also became a global leader in voice and data services. Then a new kind of telecom company emerged in 1993, when Sprint and Centel merged to become a unique provider of local, wireless and long distance services. Sprint took its wireless strategy a big step further in the late ’90s by building the only nationwide PCS network in the U.S.