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Posted on September 22 at 7:08 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Diane Burman is one of 4 commissioners on the public service commission. I heard her comments on the webcast last week. She seemed more interested in criticizing Neustar (NANPA) than the business at hand. I believe that she wanted to call in Neustar and confront them. I am not sure, but I believe Neustar is accountable to the FCC, not the PSC. Normally about 15 to 20 central office codes are handed out a year, since the begining of 2016, 27 have been handed out. It would seem to me that this surge will probably drop off.It may already have. Right now, there are 29 central codes available, they will probably last in a 13 month cutover plan.

From: Area code overlay on a tight schedule

Posted on September 21 at 9:20 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This fence probably is similar to the Navy installation on Rte. 29 in Saratoga Springs.

From: Airport fence critical element of security

Posted on September 20 at 9:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This trivia question:
(Q)Who went to ESPN in its very beginings from WRGB and was there from 1980 to 1990?

(A)Sharon Smith was an weekend anchor and reporter for WRGB prior to going to ESPN.

From: Sherman leaving WRGB for full-time job at ESPN

Posted on September 20 at 4:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

838 is one of 2 possibilities I found by researching the North American Number Planning Administrator's website. The article mentions that 518 numbers will still be available after the 838 AC is implemented. As time goes on, numbers are disconnected and are re-issued after being dormant for a while. The PSC is saying that this new AC will last for 49 years. I find that hard to predict. the geographical area covered is a very slow growth area. There has been a spike in new central office codes needed over the past 20 to 25 years with the advent of competitive local exchange carriers, wireless(cell) phones, every member of a household over 8 years old has one now when it used to be just one land based phone in a house. Also coming into play are pagers, monitoring systems. The state, city and county governments, along with colleges and universities, hospitals and mid to large businesses have implemented Direct Inward Dialing (DID) which takes up large blocks of phone numbers. All of this will start to level off. I for one believe that 2 area codes will suffice for much longer than 49 years. But I along with many around right now will not be here to find out.

From: New upstate area code announced: 838

Posted on September 20 at 8:48 a.m. (Suggest removal)

What did you expect with the huge enrollment advantage that the democrats have in NY? Thats why there has been no campaigning or advertising in NY.

From: Poll: Clinton holds large lead over Trump in N.Y.

Posted on September 18 at 8:57 p.m. (Suggest removal)

State highway 20 does not go through Fulton county. It is probably SR 10 or 29A. County routes in Fulton county are 3 digit numbers.

From: Caroga Lake man arrested following family offense

Posted on September 15 at 7:39 p.m. (Suggest removal)

There are several factors that have created a need for an overlay area code. 40 years ago there were about 10 central office code holders,all land based providers, (that's the first 3 digits in a 7 digit phone number)now there are 63 in AC 518. You have wireless(cell) phone operators, paging services, and competitive local exchange carriers (CLEC's). State and county governments, colleges and universities, hospitals and mid and large sized businesses all have direct inward dialing, tying up hundreds of blocks of numbers. It used to be everyone had a single land based phone in their house, now every member of the household 8 years of age or older has a cell phone. At a previous employer, as a side job served as the custodian of the company's phone system and became familiar with many of the policies regarding number assignments. After looking over the North American Number Planning Administrators(NANPA) website, my best guess is that 550 will be the new area code, my second guess would be 838.

From: 518 area code soon to have company

Posted on September 14 at 7:27 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Yes, the political bosses got what they wanted. And thats why we have the same old same old in the legislature. We replaced a 40 year politician with a 33 year in the senate. The seat vacated by Tedisco in the assembly will be replaced by a lawyer, something we need fewer off in the legislature. Its how to have conflict of interest legally. Most laws are written in a way to create more litigation and further fatten lawyer wallets.

From: Tedisco, Walsh win primaries in a night with few surprises

Posted on September 13 at 9:15 p.m. (Suggest removal)

For those with children 40 ft from the tower; Most of the signal strength will go way above their heads. The transmitters are not that powerful anyway. Everyone complains about the lack of cell coverage, yet they don't want a site that would help near them.

From: Charlton residents continue to oppose Verizon antenna plans

Posted on September 10 at 12:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)

In addition to Yeoman st. 15 years ago, a drug factory was discovered in an old barn that caught on fire in either the town of Canajoharie or Minden in western rural Montgomery county. That I believe happened in 1985. It seems like Montgomery county gets a lot of illegal controlled substance producers.

From: Amsterdam cops find big pot-growing operation in old factory

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