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Re: New N.Y. Law Targets Hidden Net LD Tolls

  • From: Greg Boehnlein
  • Date: Thu Aug 18 08:25:29 2005

On Thu, 18 Aug 2005, Richard A Steenbergen wrote:

> On Thu, Aug 18, 2005 at 02:44:59AM -0400, Eric A. Hall wrote:
> > 
> > 
> > On 8/17/2005 10:04 PM, Fergie (Paul Ferguson) wrote:
> > 
> > > A new law that's apparently the first in the nation threatens to
> > > penalize Internet service providers that fail to warn users that some
> > > dial-up numbers can ring up enormous long-distance phone bills even
> > > though they appear local.
> > 
> > aka, make ISPs liable for other people's fraud. What's the thinking here,
> > anybody know?
> Erm... Requiring that ISPs notify customers that phone numbers in the same 
> area code may not be "local" has WHAT exactly to do with making ISPs 
> liable for other people's fraud? Sounds like a disclaimer requirement to 
> me, nothing related to fraud just good business practice. You must be 
> confusing this with exotic 900# and international locations which are used 
> to scam people.

You mean something like:

"N2Net is not responsible for tolls or long-distance charges incurred 
while dialing any of our access numbers. It is the customers 
responsibility to verify with their local telephone provider whether a 
particular number is a chargeable call. 

N2Net can not guarantee that a particular number is local to you. To 
determine whether or not one of our dialin numbers is local, dial '0' from 
the phone line you will use to call N2Net; give the operator your number, 
and give the operator the N2Net dialin number you want to use, and ask if 
it is a toll call. 

There may be times when a call is billed as a "Local Plus" call or as part 
of an extended calling area. In cases like this, while you don't get 
charged as much as a normal long-distance call, you still are charged PER 
MINUTE by the phone company. Please check with your phone company if you 
have questions about any of our numbers." 

PUCO (Public Utilities Commision of Ohio) Local Call Finder - Use this 
application to help you pick a dialup number, but still verify that the 
number is a local call by dialing your operator. 

    Vice President of N2Net, a New Age Consulting Service, Inc. Company Where everything clicks into place!

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