End of Phone Books in Florida?

Florida this week gave Verizon permission to stop delivering white pages to residential customers for 24 months. The State’s Public Service Commission’s decision follows a similar ruling granted for AT&T in 2009. The two years will allow time to gauge the public’s reaction to ceasing delivery of phone books. We have seen so many vast changes in the telecommunications industry in the past decade. And this decision reflects another major change.

Dearth of (800) Numbers Causes Businesses Turn to (877) Numbers

With 1-800 numbers becoming more and more difficult to obtain, some business owners are finding relief by securing 877 numbers.

Supplies of 800 numbers are decreasing while demand is growing. According to the Federal Communications Commissions, toll free service is a valuable commodity for businesses and popularity is consistently on the rise. The availability of toll free numbers is plummeting yet there are no immediate plans by the FCC to overcome the shortage by launching the reserved 855 numbers

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Telecoms and Carriers Subject to CALEA

As for the Communications Assistance For Law Enforcement Act, virtually all common carriers and telecommunications companies are subject to the regulations under CALEA. This means all telephone communications can be monitored as part of legal, warranted, surveillance by law enforcement agencies. However, fiber optic communications are a possible exception for some wiretapping purposes because detecting transmission through the fiber optic cables is very difficult.