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Telecom carriers support United Way bid for 211 dialing, but not higher costs

News | 01/15/2001 5:00 am EST

Telecom carriers are throwing their support behind a United Way proposal to make 211 the national dialing code for social services, while giving the cold shoulder to a similar proposal by the Canadian Institute of the Blind (CNIB). The CRTC received some 20 letters by Jan. 5 in response Telecom PN 2000-151, seeking comments on applications by both groups to begin using N11 codes for their respective services (NL, Nov. 20/00). The commission is also seeking feedback on a new policy for assigning Canada’s remaining unused three-digit access codes – 211, 311, 811 and 511.

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