Will Hoarding of Toll Free Continue?

Will the possible release of the new 855 toll free phone numbers help curb the growing black market and illegal hoarding practices? The FCC began investigating hoarding of 800 numbers over a decade ago. These improper practices continues to grow along with the skyrocketing popularity of toll free services. Hoarding by individual subscribers is lillegal. A subscriber may not acquire more toll-free numbers than they intend to use. By FCC definition, “hoarding” also includes “brokering” toll-free numbers for a fee.

Phone Service Disrupted in Washington County Due to Copper Wire Theft

About 3,000 Windstream Communications phone and broadband customers in Washington County were left without service for much of Wednesday after thieves cut lines and fiber optic cables to steal copper wiring.

Customers in the Fredericktown and Richeyville areas lost service between 2 and 3 a.m., Windstream spokeswoman Erin Ascione said. Repair crews made their way to a rural area of Greene County Hill before dawn to begin making repairs, she said.

Repairs were completed shortly after 5 p.m., Ascione said. Windstream, based in Little Rock provides rural phone service to communities in 16 states.

Advisory Warning: Possible Cyber Attack on the Horizon?

RespORG’s are being advised that the U.S. federal government is preparing contingency plans for numerous (potential foreseeable) disasters in late 2009 or possibly early 2010 including a massive cyber attack.

RespORG’s should take this opportunity to test and ensure the security of their computer systems and develop their own updated internal plans for a potential cyber attack.