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[ NNSquad ] How least-cost routing slams rural telephone service. And it's getting worse.
How least-cost routing slams rural telephone service. And it's getting worse. http://j.mp/StvI4l (Addison Independent) "Farmhouses surrounded with many acres of fields, houses that may be miles apart. It's the geography and demographics of the area," Souza says. "It's the same reason that there's limited cell service in these areas. You might put up one cell tower, but the six it would take to provide complete coverage in the terrain are just not cost-justified." A rural phone service provider like Shoreham Tel maintains a small network of its own copper wires, then connects with the rest of the world via "trunking" or switching centers connecting with a larger carrier. Shoreham Tel's lines have trunking with the network maintained by FairPoint. "People in Sprint or Verizon don't have direct switching with us, but they do have direct with FairPoint's tandem switching. So FairPoint turns the call over to us and we terminate the call. The system has worked flawlessly for years," Souza says. "Then the least-cost routing issue emerged in the last three years. Entities started doing this, shaving every last penny out of it. Our customers aren't happy, and we understand that. But we can't control the other side of the system with calls coming at us." - - - --Lauren-- Lauren Weinstein (email@example.com): http://www.vortex.com/lauren Co-Founder: People For Internet Responsibility: http://www.pfir.org/pfir-info Founder: - Network Neutrality Squad: http://www.nnsquad.org - PRIVACY Forum: http://www.vortex.com/privacy-info - Data Wisdom Explorers League: http://www.dwel.org - Global Coalition for Transparent Internet Performance: http://www.gctip.org Member: ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy Lauren's Blog: http://lauren.vortex.com Google+: http://vortex.com/g+lauren / Twitter: http://vortex.com/t-lauren Tel: +1 (818) 225-2800 / Skype: vortex.com _______________________________________________ nnsquad mailing list http://lists.nnsquad.org/mailman/listinfo/nnsquad