July 25, 1985 |
The California Public Utilities Commission reluctantly acquiesced Wednesday to a federal ruling that telephone customers must be randomly assigned to a long-distance carrier if they fail to choose one when so-called equal-access service starts in their communities. This "random allocation" plan will apply to about 8 million telephone customers in the state. The fewer than 1 million California customers whose lines have already been converted to equal access are not affected by the ruling.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 1985
Even though the telephone company breakup occured a few years ago we are still feeling the effects. Not too long ago the phone company began charging us for directory assistance calls (current Pacific Bell charges are five free calls per month on a residence phone and 25 cents a call thereafter). Those of us who are library users knew that we could still call or go to many of our local public libraries and get this information for free, using their extensive collections of telephone books from many parts of the country.
October 22, 1989 |
The party line helped make great friends and great enemies and once even helped derail a presidential campaign. Now, for rural telephone customers in West Virginia, the party's over. Reflecting a national trend, the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. is hanging up its party lines after stringing them throughout the countryside for the first six decades of this century. "The 16-party line service was basically used as an intercom.
October 3, 1985 |
Only about half of California's eligible households took advantage of cut-rate basic telephone service for low-income residents in the program's first year, the Public Utilities Commission reported Wednesday. As of June 30, the PUC counted 493,768 telephone customers who had signed up for so-called Lifeline service. The service was made available in July, 1984, to households with total income of $11,000 or less--a threshold raised to $11,500 this year.
October 9, 1985 |
It's there, and Dick Africano knows it's there. So do 590 other Pacific Bell employees who work in the featureless industrial building. But the public at large--about 4.5 million Pacific Bell customers located between the Tehachapi Mountains and the Mexican border--doesn't know it's there. And Africano, area manager of Pacific Bell's Cost Recording Information Systems, wants to keep it that way.
May 13, 1998 |
Local phone companies will be able to recover the costs of letting customers keep their phone numbers if they switch phone companies, the Federal Communications Commission said Tuesday. The 1996 Telecommunications Act requires phone companies to put in place expensive computer systems that let customers switch local phone companies without changing their phone numbers. The plan was meant to ensure that new local phone rivals could compete against the existing Baby Bells and GTE Corp.