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Re: Long Distance From Next Door

Tony P. (
Tue, 4 Jan 2005 21:32:12 -0500

In article <>,

> wrote:

>> There are many cases where local calling areas cross LATA boundaries,
>> so this is generally, in itself, irrelevant. One of the noted
>> interstate metropolitan exchanges is Kansas City, Mo.-Kan., which is
>> in two LATAs but one local calling area.

> Yes, in many places you're allowed to call to the adjacent exchange
> across a LATA boundary (regardless of state line or area code
> boundary). It gets confusing because some LATAs have multiple area
> codes while some area codes have multiple LATAs. Further adding to
> the confusion are various local calling plans, some of which provide
> wider calling areas.

In many cases the reason for crossing LATA boundaries is because it is
cheaper for them to use the switch that happens to site on the other
side of the LATA boundary than to build out a new one.

For example, any number in Providence, RI (401) can call 508-336
(Seekonk), 508-761 (Attleboro), and a few others that don't come
immediately to mind. I know that Woonsocket, RI can call Bellingham,
MA toll free as the communities are right next to each other.

> Someone mentioned rate centers being created. In one part of Verizon
> (nee Bell Tel of PA) they've consolidated minor rate centers and
> reduced message unit charges. Many calls that for many years used up
> message units are now untimed.

I can remember when Coventry, RI was a toll to/from Warwick, RI for
many years. Confounded lots of people until it was realized that
Coventry was under-trunked. Finally when everything went digital Nynex
realized they couldn't keep raking people over the calls with asinine
calling areas.

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