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Monday, January 31, 2021

I’m sure some people’s idea of Hell on earth is being sans telephone access, even for too many consecutive minutes.

Those people would probably have shot themselves had they spent any time in Mink, Louisiana, which just today got landline phone service hooked up, one of the last rural areas in the U.S. to have gone without.

It seems like a quaintly outdated development: In an age where wireless phones and VoIP/Internet phone service are making traditional phone lines superfluous, this little corner of Louisiana is finally joining the 20th (or 19th?) Century. Geography made the new-tech phone methods just as cost-ineffective as old-style phones, but still. I’m betting this newly-installed phone network will be abandoned inside of 20 years.

Super-obvious joke, incoming:

“We started in early 1970 trying to get a phone,” [resident Alma Louise] Bolton said. “We’d talk to the phone company but they’d never call back.

How are they going to call you back if you don’t have a phone? Could it be that Mink never got phone service for all these years because of missed callbacks?

Anyway, there is a downside to getting the hook-up:

“It wasn’t 15 minutes after that phone was in before a telemarketer called me,” [resident Elaine] Edwards said. “But that wasn’t really a problem. I just told him I wasn’t interested and hung up.”

- Costa Tsiokos, Mon 01/31/2005 06:47:02 PM
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  1. I have to admit I’m really surprised they’d even bother at this point. I’m assuming they don’t have many cell towers nearby, but maybe they have cable tv and could have went to voip, but few people I speak to actually realize it’s a real alternative.

    Comment by David — 01/31/2005 @ 08:13:37 PM

  2. The second hyperlink, to the New Orleans Times-Picayune version of the AP report, goes into some detail about the shortcomings of cellular service in Mink. Don’t know about the cable option.

    Comment by CT — 01/31/2005 @ 09:42:26 PM

  3. The call back that Mrs. Bolton was talking about was to relatives that had phones. Some folks had the old style bag phones that used the old analog signal. The modern cell phone works in very few places because the towers are quite a distance away.

    Comment by Julian Ray — 02/19/2005 @ 09:23:22 AM

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