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Re: New N.Y. Law Targets Hidden Net LD Tolls
- From: Jeff Shultz
- Date: Fri Aug 19 13:52:18 2005
John Levine wrote:
Part of the problem is EAS (Extended Area Service), where for a flat
rate (anywhere from $3-$13 that I've seen) your "local calling area" is
greatly increased. The problem is that if you don't get the flat rate
plan, it's a toll charge... all without having to dial the 1-
(everything here is already 10D). Fortunately we are part of a local
phone company, so checking on the EAS status of customers and making
sure they get the appropriate numbers is easy.
That's why some states (e.g. Texas) require that all toll calls be
dialed as 1+ _regardless of area code_, and local calls cannot be
dialed as 1+. If you dial a number wrong, you get a message
telling you how to do it properly (and why).
In some places that "solution" is _not_practical_. As in where the same
three digit sequence is in use as a C.O. 'prefix', *and* as an areacode.
(an where, in some 'perverse' situations, the foreign area-code is a
'non-toll' call, yet the bare prefix within the areacode is a toll call.
Oh, it works technically, local is 10D, toll is 1+10D, but since they
don't have permissive dialing, Texans have to memorize lists of local
prefixes in order to be able to use their phones. Way to go.
I agree that life would be simpler if there were some straightforward
way to ask telcos whether a call from a->b was local or toll.
But we still make mistakes - and I'm sure it's very easy for other ISPs
to give a new customer a number that's just in the "big city" next door
(around 5-10 miles away), but is an EAS toll call.
Personally I think they ought to make flat rate EAS mandatory and just
roll the cost into the phone bill.