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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    NC, 13 Dec 2004 @ 12:48pm

    Many States have this problem

    In Northeastern Michigan, there are several areas we call white-zones. They are 14 unassigned areas without POTS service. Michigan State University has developed a program with the NorthEastern Michigan Council of Governments (NEMCOG) to work on a project called M-SITE where student interns will work with local entities to bring basic telecommunications services to these communities -- as well as broadband.

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