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The Telecom Digest for Sun, 15 Aug 2021
Volume 40 : Issue 227 : "text" format

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HI: Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Ready To Accept More Households With Free Internet Service
Re: Maine Opens Investigation Into Verizon Over 207 Area Code
PIN Code to Reach

Message-ID: <20210813200320.8515B76F@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2021 20:03:20 +0000 (UTC) From: Moderator <telecomdigestsubmissions@remove-this.telecom-digest.org> Subject: HI: Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Ready To Accept More Households With Free Internet Service Posted on Aug 13, 2021 HONOLULU - As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, our reliance on internet connectivity to work remotely, engage in distance learning, utilize telehealth services, and access government services online becomes more in demand. But, with the help of a program established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), low-income families everywhere, including Hawai'i, are able to access truly affordable internet service. Currently, more than 9,000 households across Hawai'i are enrolled in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, amounting to more than one million dollars in savings for island residents who need it most. https://governor.hawaii.gov/newsroom/dbedt-news-release-emergency-broadband-benefit-program-ready-to-accept-more-households-with-free-internet-service/
Message-ID: <20210805235025.E6CAB25A03E4@ary.qy> Date: 5 Aug 2021 19:50:24 -0400 From: "John Levine" <johnl@iecc.com> Subject: Re: Maine Opens Investigation Into Verizon Over 207 Area Code It appears that Moderator <telecomdigestsubmissions@remove-this.remove-this.telecom-digest.org> said: > Maine's Public Utilities Commission is investigating how the > communications company forecasts its need for blocks of new phone > numbers, which could hasten Maine getting a new area code. ... The article says: That could hasten the end of the dominance of 207, which the PUC currently expects to reach its maximum by the end of 2024, even though just 37% of 207s are currently "utilized." That low usage isn't surprising since most of Maine is quite rural so they have lots of tiny exchanges with far less than 10,000 numbers assigned. If they want to fix the number issue, they should mandate that the entire state become one rate center, all calls within Maine are local. Then carriers that need more numbers could use blocks of unused numbers from those tiny exchanges. Fat chance, though. R's, John
Message-ID: <3411E6BD-ACA0-43D3-A2B6-26D1CA2BA6E0@mishmash.com> Date: 14 Aug 2021 13:38:31 -0700 From: "Fred Atkinson" <fatkinson.remove-this@and-this-too.mishmash.com> Subject: PIN Code to Reach Folks, Some years ago, I had a friend [who is now departed] living in Bishopville, South Carolina. He had a feature added to his phone service that required the caller to enter a four digit PIN in order to get through to his phone after you dialed his phone number. I knew the PIN so I could call him when I needed to. But it shut down the telemarketers pretty quickly. This was a great way to keep scammers from reaching you. Only people you gave the PIN to could actually reach you. I now have an aunt who is getting pretty senile. Her son (a first cousin of mine) heard her almost give her Social Security number over the phone. Thankfully, he stopped her in mid-sentence. He is looking for a way to keep her from receiving bad calls like this so she can keep her telephone service. He needs to be able to reach her as do others who have a legitimate need to call her. This might be a solution if it is available to her. I do not what the name of this service would be. So, I can't tell my cousin what to ask for if he calls her phone company to se if it could be added to her service. She lives near Atlanta, Georgia. She is on a POTS line. Can any of you help me by providing me with the name of this service? Regards, Fred

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