Telecommunications: Now There's No Excuse Not to Phone Home

Now There's No Excuse Not to Phone Home

Remember when you had to wait until 11 p.m. for it to be cheap enough to call home? Within months you may be able to call around the clock and still not ring up any charges. That's right: completely free long-distance phone calls from Maine to Maui. The Federal Communications Commission, which has forced open the floodgates of competition, is about to create several new gushers by letting local phone companies offer long-distance service. At least one independent company is already offering free long distance if you sign up for its monthly Internet service.

But the agency isn't stopping at the...

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