Toll Free To Express Opinions To Senate

What are your thoughts on this? We’d like to hear. A toll free phone number has been set up this week so that U.S. citizens can contact their Senate representative to convey their opinions on the Wall Street bailout last year. From March 1-4, anyone can call the Senate toll free at 1-866-544-7573 between the hours of 9 a.m.-5 p.m. EST. The toll free number, provided by Service Employees International Union (SEIU), will automatically connect the caller to their Senators’ office. Interesting use of toll free.

Availability of 800 Numbers in Decline

The popularity of the 1-800 number, introduced in the late 1960s, led the FCC to add the new pre-fixes 888 and 877 in the mid-1990s. When availability of those numbers became scarce in 2000, the 866 pre-fixes were added to overcome the shortage. Now, eight years later, the stockpile is once again low despite the recent mass deactivation of unused 800 numbers.

Experts say the demand drastically outweighs supply and advise that the only way to guarantee obtaining a toll free number is to get one immediately.

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Toll Free Depletion

Facing an extreme dearth of 800 numbers, telecommunications experts are now concerned that a toll free number ration could delay new phone service applications. And in the midst of an economic meltdown, U.S. business owners could not imagine worse news. Read more here.