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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    Anonymous Coward, 13 Dec 2004 @ 9:49am

    Re: SouthBell doesn't want to pay $50,000? We alre

    Actually BellSouth should already have the money. The install cost is calculated to balance out inexpensive repeat installs with the rare expensive install, not become more profit in their pockets.
    The average person moves every seven years which means they have collected millions of new service activations where all they did was a thirty second data entry to reactive an existing line.
    Moving reference:
    http://ecp3113-01.fa01.fsu.edu/lively_introduction/Migration.htm
    Sean

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