Still Waiting For A Phone Line?

from the not-yet... dept

By this point, most people assume that you can order up a landline anywhere you happen to live in the US. Apparently, that's not true for a few small communities in Louisiana, though that's about to change. While residents have been asking for phone lines for years, its only now that BellSouth has been told by the state's Public Service Commission to make sure residents have service. BellSouth isn't happy about it, claiming that it's costing them nearly $50,000 per resident. Other areas are going to be covered by mobile phones rather than land lines, though, it's worth noting that some residents have found small patches of areas where those ancient analog "bag phones" work. Either way, it's a reminder that some of the technology we now take for granted has been slow to arrive in many places -- even within the US.

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    Steve Mueller, 13 Dec 2004 @ 4:38am

    It's Not That Uncommon

    When I moved to Hollister, CA, about 9.5 years ago, I found that some place still had an old switchboard -style phone company and some places just miles away had no phone service at all.

    A woman who used to work with me at IBM had moved somewhat further south and not only didn't she have phone service, she didn't have electricity, either. She had to run a generator to get power.

    These places are an hour or two south of Silicon Valley.

    My brother, who works at the APS nuclear plant in Arizona, got tired of the commute from Phoenix, so he moved to Tonopah, in the middle of the desert. He also had no electricity or phone service and had to set up his own generator and solar system. I thought it was kind of ironic that somebody who worked for Arizona's electricity company couldn't get wired, but there you go.

    So it's really not all that uncommon, I guess.

    One possibly interesting story about my brother's location. I use ALK's CoPilot Live on my Pocket PC for GPS, and found that my brother's address (or even his "street" -- there aren't paved roads where he lives) wasn't listed. After I drove there, I sent the GPS track to ALK. When I got the next release of the product, I was pleased to find his address listed there, along with streets in the area.

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