telecommunications

Emergency Outage
4:15 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Washington Commission Investigates 911 Outage

Credit Flickr Photo/Four12

The State Utilities and Transportation Commission has opened an investigation into last Thursday’s 911 emergency line outage.

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Brrrrrring
8:06 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Idaho Tops Nation In Portion Of People Cutting Their Landline

Something you won;t see much of in Idaho anymore ... a landline.
Celeste Lindell Flickr

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 5:58 pm

New federal data show Idaho leads the country in something you might expect more from Seattle, Portland or Silicon Valley.

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Ring, Ring, The Phone Is Dead
6:51 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Is It The End Of The Line For The Landline?

Phone line switches are reaching an end life, one expert says.
Credit Flickr Photo/Austin Squire

America's traditional phone system is not as dependable as it used to be. Just last month, the Federal Communications Commission told phone companies to start collecting stats on calls that fail to complete. According to one estimate, as many as 1 in 5 incoming long-distance calls simply doesn't connect.

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Economy
9:04 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Wash. Ready To Hang Up On Mandatory Delivery Of White Pages

Phone books left om the street for recycling. Photo by Lulu Vision via Flickr

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 5:16 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Utility regulators are on the verge of ending the automatic delivery of White Pages phone books to Washington households. Legislation to do the same in Oregon hasn't gone anywhere.

In Washington and Oregon, state law requires the local phone company to deliver a phone book to each landline customer. But telecom companies contend most consumers no longer want a printed copy of the White Pages dropped on their doorsteps.

Frontier Communications government affairs manager Carl Gipson made that case to state regulators in Olympia.

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