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Ask Dr. Universe: Before cellphones, how did you make calls across the ocean?

Even though a lot of people now use wireless phones rather than landlines to connect with each other, we still depend on those wires under the ocean for long-distance phone …


UPDATED: Fri., June 29, 2018, 6:47 p.m.

City attorney says Tracfone agreed to pay $1 million in back taxes, despite nondisclosure agreement

City Attorney Mike Ormsby told lawmakers that the prepaid wireless service provider, which operates under trade names that include Straight Talk and Walmart Family Mobile, will pay about seven years’ …


Required 10-digit dialing for local calls to start in Idaho

Required 10-digit dialing for local calls starts Saturday in Idaho with the addition of a new area code.


Western Washington getting new 564 area code

Western Washington residents will soon have to punch in the area code along with the telephone number in order to make a local call.


Adolf Hitler’s personal traveling phone for sale

A Maryland auction house is selling Adolf Hitler’s personal traveling telephone.


FCC program to help poor get online will start in December

Low-income Americans are expected to be able to apply for help from the federal government in paying for Internet access in December.


100 years ago in Benewah County: Relatives suspect foul play in man’s disappearance

From our archives, 100 years ago Authorities in Benewah County were investigating the mysterious disappearance of Oscar Olson, a young man who lived alone on farm on the St. Maries …


City tax audit on phone companies finds $700K gain

An ongoing audit of taxes paid by telephone companies operating in Spokane has turned up $700,000 in unexpected funds for the city, including more than $500,000 in unpaid taxes, interest …


CenturyLink to pay $30K in fines for billing errors

CenturyLink will pay $31,300 after an investigation revealed it did not bill customers appropriately based on location and income dating back to 2010.


Spokane utility taxes to be audited after phone-related shortfall

We talk, text and increasingly read the news on our smartphones. But we’re not just ignoring those sitting near us with this behavior. We’re also affecting the city of Spokane.


Phone outages may lengthen

BOISE – Idaho’s landline phone service providers may no longer have to fix outages within 24 hours or be forced to give customers a month’s service credit, under a rule …


Idaho eases rules for fixing phone outages

Idaho’s land-line phone providers would no longer have to fix outages within 24 hours or be forced to give customers a month’s service credit, under a rule change pending at …


Front Porch: Have we hung up on manners?

Where did telephone manners go? Silly question, as I know the answer. They went to that place where good manners, civility and general courtesy have gone – out the window …


Investors Endorse Mega-Deal Worldcom, Mci Shareholders Vote To Proceed With Record Merger

WorldCom chairman and CEO Bernie Ebbers fields questions Wednesday on the proposed merger with MCI. Photo by Associated Press


Cda Lands $10 Million Gte Center Order-Processing Facility To Employ 65 In April; More Openings Likely Later On

Coeur d’Alene edged out 60 other locations in Western states for a $10 million GTE Northwest order-processing center. The facility will open in April with 65 jobs paying between $8.50 …


Idaho Cities Get Free Call Options

FROM FOR THE RECORD (Thursday, July 24, 1997): Correction Idaho telephone charges: A plan to expand toll-free calling areas in North Idaho will cost participating GTE customers $9.72 a month. …


Mci Takeover Gets Nod From Justice

Federal regulators approved British Telecom’s takeover of MCI Communications on Monday in what would be the biggest foreign takeover of a U.S. corporation. The Justice Department’s action clears a crucial …


Consumer Groups Condemn Us West Tactics Watchdog Agencies Contend Company Stifles Competition

Consumer groups Wednesday condemned a litany of tactics they said US West Communications uses to foil competitors and confound consumers more than a year after passage of the Telecommunications Act …


At&T; Faces Lower Profits During 1997 Stock Plunges At News

In his first major meeting with Wall Street analysts, AT&T; Corp.’s new president sent the company’s stock reeling Monday by predicting that increased costs and rivalry would depress already sluggish …


Fcc Oks Safeguards For Phone Customers Rules Set Standards For Baby Bells Entering New Businesses

The government prescribed safeguards Tuesday designed to protect phone customers and companies as the Baby Bells enter new businesses, including making phone equipment and providing long-distance service. The Federal Communications …


New Pricing Policies Spur Internet Use On-Line Companies Scramble To Meet Increased Demand

In the last three years, the Internet has gone from pricy gourmet portions to all-you-can-eat gluttony. Accounts once measured by the expensive hour are now pull-up-to-the-trough cheap - and users …


Toll Free Cellular Plans Big Expansion

Toll Free Cellular, a Seattle company that offers the cellular phone equivalent of 1-800 service, plans to take its business nationwide. The privately held company recently received $14 million in …


Feds Say Overseas Calls Cost Too Much

Federal regulators say Americans are paying too much for overseas phone calls - the average charge is about a dollar a minute - and they took a first step Tuesday …


Cell Phones Mean Help’s A Ring Away

Poachers who used a rifle to kill an elk in Idaho’s archery hunting season did not bargain for bowhunters wielding a cellular phone. Archers Mike Riddle and James Amy worked …


Phone Cards Get Post Office Stamp Of Approval

If you’d rather dial a phone than write a letter, the post office may still be the place to go. Starting this week the Postal Service will begin selling prepaid …


At&T; Seeks Help In Phone Talks Company Asks Regulators To Intervene In Effort To Enter Local Markets

AT&T; plans to ask regulators in eight states to arbitrate its stalled talks with US West over entry into the local telephone market. The arbitration requests will be filed in …


Calls To Outlying Communities Will Keep Long-Distance Charges

Residents of seven outlying Spokane and Whitman county communities will continue dialing long-distance to Spokane for at least two more months as a result of a ruling Wednesday by Washington …


Toll-Free Calling Area Could Grow

GTE and US West Communications have asked Washington regulators to extend toll-free calling into outlying Spokane County and northern Whitman County, partly in response to growing demand for inexpensive Internet …


Spokane A Test Site For Hybrid Phone That Calls Internet

US West Communications will use Spokane as a test market for a hybrid phone that might become an alternative way of scouring the Internet. “You’re looking at the car of …


Us West Withdraws Computer-Line Hike

US West Communications has again withdrawn a proposal to raise rates for high-speed computer lines. In a statement Wednesday, the phone company said it removed the proposal in order to …