Phone Companies – Friend or Foe today?

Many Americans had been up in Arms with some of the new laws governing phone privacy. We haven’t forgotten, Government. It’s something we’re still watching…

What ability does law enforcement have to monitor phone calls?

Does CALEA provide the ability to allow law enforcement have to monitor phone calls?

Information on the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA)

Telecoms Required to Abide by CALEA

CALEA is Law


Why Tap a Phone Line?

You might wonder why someone would want to “tap” a phone line. For fun? For business? To ensure quality? As a law enforcement tactic? There’s lots of reason why and there are important things everyone should know about how and why phone “tapping” came to play. Check this out to learn more!

Could It Be True?

Recent reports have referred to the situation as the ‘the perfect storm” meaning the shortage of numbers, the soaring demand, and the failure of the federal government to release reserved numbers have all collided to create a situation in which rationing, an embargo or even a complete depletion of 800 numbers is possible.
THIS is interesting.

Can a State Say NO?

Many people wonder how far the law can go and who can stop it. You can start getting yourself acquainted with the restrictions of state and government officials here. Good luck!

Presidential Press Conference Now. Toll Free Helps With Info.

Presidential news conference going on right now about the major ongoing oil spill decimating the Gulf Of Mexico. Toll Free numbers have been established throughout state and federal governments to help bring information to the officials and to the affected residents about this natural disaster:

Report oiled wildlife
• To report oiled wildlife, please call (866) 557-1401 and leave a message. Messages will be checked hourly. Individuals are urged not to attempt to help injured or oiled animals, but to report any sightings to the toll free number.

Report oil sightings
• To report oil on shoreline or request volunteer information: Call (866) 448-5816

To report fraud
• The Attorney General’s office reported instances of fraud from companies claiming to be BP training contractors. Free volunteer training will be available through Santa Rosa County. To report possible cases of fraud, call the Attorney General’s Office fraud hotline at (866) 966-7226.

Who is The SMS?

The SMS/800 Data Center houses the main database of available toll free 800, 888, 877 and 866 phone numbers for the United States and Canada. The SMS/800 maintains and updates the database and keeps records of the owners of each number and the service providers. Available numbers on the database are assigned to subscribers on a first-come, first-served, basis.

Who Is the SMS? Find out here.

DMV Cuts Off Access to Their 800 Numbers

The North County Gazette reported to us today from ALBANY NY:

If you thought dealing with the state Department of Motor Vehicles was unpleasant before, now the agency has made it even most costly for you, eliminating the convenient statewide 1-800 telephone numbers used for contacting DMV call centers.

Although now you’ll have to pay for the call, DMV says it’s generously allowing the call centers will continue to remain open for the motoring public.

“While the DMV realizes that the elimination of the toll-free numbers may take some time to get accustomed to, recent trends in telecommunication plans have provided many people with unlimited long-distance calls and most of our county clerks partners continue to provide DMV local numbers for their constituents,” Commissioner Swarts said. “While eliminating the 1-800 numbers may be an unwelcome change for some, the cost savings to the State during these extremely difficult financial times are necessary.”

Although there is plenty of room in DMV operations for other cost-cutting measures such as increasing employee productivity and keeping them from surfing the Internet virtually constantly during their work hours, Swarts did not announce any other cost cutting moves.

On Monday, Feb. 2, the upstate toll-free telephone number for customers to contact the DMV Call Center was eliminated. Customers in the Upstate region, primarily all areas north and west of Dutchess, Sullivan, Ulster and parts of Delaware counties, who previously dialed 1-800-CALL-DMV must now dial 518-486-9786 to reach the DMV Call Center.

On Monday, Feb. 9, the downstate toll-free number will be changed to a toll number. Customers in the downstate region who previously dialed 1-800 DIAL-DMV must now dial 718-477-4820 to reach the DMV Call Center. The 1-800-DIAL-DMV toll-free number served customers in the following counties: Delaware, Dutchess, Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester.

When these changes are fully integrated, the numbers 1-800-CALL-DMV and 1-800-DIAL-DMV will no longer be in service. Customers who call one of the toll-free numbers after February 2nd or February 9th will receive a recorded message directing them to call the new toll number to reach the DMV Call Center for assistance.

It is important to note that the local numbers in New York City, 212-645-5550 and 718-966-6155, will not be changed and will remain in service.

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