telecommunication

Century Link 911
8:42 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Century Link Explains How 911 Call System Failed

Century Link has given the state an explanation for the 9-1-1 service outage earlier this month. 4,500 emergency calls did not go through during the outage, which hit most of the state.

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Cutting Land Line
6:01 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Idaho Tops Nation In Portion Of People Cutting Their Landline

Something you won;t see much of in Idaho anymore ... a landline.
Celeste Lindell Flickr

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 5:58 pm

New federal data show Idaho leads the country in something you might expect more from Seattle, Portland or Silicon Valley.

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Inmate Visitation
3:55 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Inmates' Families Say They're The Ones Punished By Switch To Video Visits

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 4:32 pm

Even if you've never visited a jail, you probably have a pretty clear image of what inmate visitation is like – a shatterproof glass barrier, two people sitting on either side, speaking into telephones.

But that's changing in some parts of the Northwest. More and more county jails are switching to privately operated video conferencing systems. Sort of like Skype, for inmates. But these systems have technical difficulties and come with costs for the inmates’ families.

Delayed visits

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Phone Book Delivery
5:23 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Wash. Ready To Hang Up On Mandatory Delivery Of White Pages

Phone books left on the street for recycling.
Credit Lulu Vision / Flickr

Utility regulators are on the verge of ending the automatic delivery of White Pages phone books to Washington households. Legislation to do the same in Oregon hasn't gone anywhere.

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Sprint's Stake In Clearwire
4:59 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Sprint Acquires Stake In Bellevue-Based Clearwire

Telecom giant Sprint is poised to take a controlling interest in Washington-based wireless provider Clearwire.
Northwest News Network

Telecommunications giant Sprint is poised to take a controlling interest in Washington-based wireless provider Clearwire. Clearwire's high-speed wireless data connections cover 80 major markets nationally, including a dozen in the Northwest.

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