Monday, 14 March 2005


Ten-digit dialling came to much of Mississippi overnight. No reports yet of panic, although those most prone to panic are probably out in sheds in Neshoba County—and may be unable to call anyone to express their panic.

Exactly why the PUC went with the overlay instead of just splitting 601 again is one of those unresolved mysteries that probably should be resolved.


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God, I hate 10-digit dialing! One of the beauties of living out in the sticsk of South Carolina is that I still have 7-digit dialing unless it’s long distance. Sweet 7-digit dialing!


A few years back, in 1999 IIRC, the rocket scientists at the PUC tried the same stunt with the 310 area code (west and south L.A.), only to reverse it after the unprecedented backlash that followed.


Gonna be interesting to see the reaction to 10 digit dialing. Lot of my calls are either long distance, or made from my cellphone where I have the area codes put in anyway. If they’re gonna use the overlay code (769?) they might as well have split 601 up into two codes.


Why the PUC went with overlay?

If memory serves, when they went through this in Missouri, Bell kept pushing for the overlay because it was technically easier, or they didn’t want to have to deal with all the people who got a new AC from the split. Or some rationale. I do remember that they were pushing for overlay and everyone else in the telephone-using world was opposed to it.

So if the PUC went with the overlay, I’d suggest that it is because the PUC is the handmaiden of the Telco. The real question is “why didn’t the Mo PUC go with the overlay?”

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