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

  • From: Andreas Ott
  • Date: Thu Aug 18 15:51:32 2005

On Thu, Aug 18, 2005 at 03:54:38AM -0400, Richard A Steenbergen wrote:
> To quote the original pasted article:
> > Consumers, however, must act on the warning that Internet providers must 
> > soon post by contacting their phone companies to find out whether a 
> > number is truly local.

It used to be standard practice until last year that SBC (dial-up and DSL
provider here in this area, as well as the 'Bell' phone company) let you
look up dial-in numbers for 'your' local area code and exchange. However,
the results only came back without any numbers in your own area code,
just the ones from other area codes where they had dial-in numbers. If you
did not know how to work the system, you would be using one of the numbers
that are truly a toll call for you. And you'd pay to SBC-the_phone_company
to get to SBC-the_ISP because the ISP withheld the local numbers from you.
The way how to work the system was to enter another valid area code and
exchange, then look for dial-in numbers in your area code and finally
determine (e.g. by checking in the listing in the local phone book front
pages or by inquiring from the 'dial zero' operator) which of the numbers 
are inside your toll free calling area.

Since then (I can't tell exactly when, because I only used this lookup
feature when I was about to travel out of town) SBC has changed this
practice and you can get all numbers listed from their search page at . Note the disclaimer explanations
right on that page "Long Distance Charges" and "Finding the Best Exchange
for You".

Andreas Ott                  

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