Phone Companies Seek Permission for Fewer Pay Phones

NOVEMBER 29, 2006 - Posted at 11:00 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Telephone companies are asking the Arkansas Public Service Commission for permission to have fewer pay telephones.

Rules now require companies to maintain at least one pay phone in each exchange they serve.  The exchange is generally the first three digits of a seven-digit telephone number.

Little Rock-based Windstream Communications and other companies are complaining that it is too expensive to keep so many pay phones, many of which are not used much anyway.

Phone companies are asking for rule changes that would allow pay phones to be dropped for an exchange if other companies are serving the territory or if they are too expensive to maintain.

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