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Phoning It In: More Songs About Telephones

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

The telephone may no longer be our primary means of communication, but it remains a favorite topic for songwriters. 

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Long Distance

Monday, February 20, 2012

In the mid-1950's, a blind seven-year-old boy named Joe Engressia Jr. made a discovery that changed his own life and many others. While idly dialing information on the family telephone, he heard a high-pitched tone in the background and started whistling along with it. Slowly, he learned to recognize all ...

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Stucknation: 911 Off the Hook

Monday, February 14, 2011

Almost a decade after the attacks of September 11th the nation's most essential emergency local lifeline -- 911 -- remains a local patchwork of antiquated technology vulnerable to failure when people need it most.

In 2010 the Congressional Research Service reported the nation's underlying 911 local call systems "operate exclusively on an analog technology using an architecture of circuits and switches" that date back to when ATT was the "regulated monopoly providing most of the nation's phone service."

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