South East State Officials Set Up Toll Free For Oil Spill

As the massive oil spill moves throughout the Gulf Of Mexico toward the Florida keys, response agencies have mobilized to establish a plan which includes a toll free phone number to help monitor the path of the oil. The states have set up toll free numbers for residents to call if they see oil-stained wildlife or oil on the shore. For wildlife, call (866) 557-1401. For shore sitings, call (866) 448-5816.

Efforts to install a concrete cover to catch oil leaking from the drill site, 5,000 feet below the surface, are under way. But if that maneuver fails, the leak could continue to release 210,000 gallons of oil into the gulf each day.

Breaking Down the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA)

As part of an investigation, law enforcement agencies or intelligence services can tap into a phone call or trace the origin of the call without advising any of the parties involved in the communications.

This means that all VoIP phone service, including toll free providers using VoIP, is subjected to the surveillance provisions under CALEA.

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Toll Free Service May Come to a Halt

Telecommunications industry sources now say an unthinkable embargo on new toll free phone service in the United States is a real possibility within the next year. Facing a severe shortage of available 800-numbers, a skyrocketing demand for toll free service and an emerging black market for 800 numbers, insiders say officials feel they are left with no choice but to impose an embargo.

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