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Re: Please Explain LATA
15 Jun 2005 07:25:33 -0700 wrote:

> Can somebody tell me what LATA is?

It used to have more significance than it has now.

If you are concerned about long distance telephone charges, keep in
mind that today many local telephone companies (the Baby Bells) offer
long distance service and long distance carriers carry local calls so
the LATA is not as significant anymore.

IMHO, what really matters is the overall rate plan for all toll calls
(short distance and long distance) that you make.

A very brief definition would the boundary between a local and long
distance calling area. Calls within a LATA were handled by your local
company (even if toll), calls between LATAs were handled by your long
distance company.

The front of your telephone directory should have a LATA map.

However, there were numerous exceptions right fromt the start. As
mentioned, long distance companies now carry local calls and local
companies now carry long distance calls.

LATAs may contain multiple area codes, or split up area codes. LATAs
may span multiple states or be within a state.

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