Q. Have you recently had someone outside our local calling area try to call you but got no answer, or the phone keeps ringing or other problems? Does your phone sometimes ring, but no one is on it when you answer?
A.These and other similar problems have become a national issue to the point that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been investigating the problem. What is causing this relatively recent phenomenon given the fact that telephones have been around for 100 years?
Over the last few years complaints concerning calls to rural areas across the country have been on the rise. Many point to wholesale network providers known as "Least Cost Routers" who route long distance calls on behalf of telephone providers. With competition and the growing number of unlimited calling plans being offered, certain telephone providers increasingly turn to "Least Cost Routers" to keep costs down. Given the higher than average cost to complete long distance calls to rural areas than more populated urban areas, some providers unfortunately may be deciding that it is cheaper to not complete calls.
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MIDTEL Wins Additional $6.8M With Second Rural Broadband Grant Award
MIDTEL has received a second grant award of $6.8M from the New NY Broadband Grant Program. This grant will bring fiber optic based broadband services with up to 1Gbps in speed to nearly 1600 additional homes and businesses in the towns of Blenheim, Broome, Carlisle, Cobleskill, Conesville, Fulton, Gilboa, Jefferson, Middleburgh, Richmondville, Schoharie, Summit and Wright. Combined with MIDTELs private investment, this project totals $8.5M in infrastructure improvements. In total between MIDTELs two grant projects, over $15.5M will be invested in fiber optic infrastructure in Schoharie County.
Area Code Overlay Approved for the New York 518 Area Code
To ensure a continuing supply of telephone numbers, the new 838 area code will be added to the area served by 518. This is known as an area code overlay. Get ready to change the way you dial your calls made within the 518 area code!
MIDTEL was recently awarded a $5.5M grant under the New NY Broadband Grant Program. The grant will bring fiber optic based broadband services with up to 1Gbps in speed to 1650 homes and businesses in the towns of Blenheim, Broome, Conesville, Fulton, Gilboa, and Rensselaerville.
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