Re: Film Cannister First Aid Kit
Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Fri, 16 May 1997 11:15:46 -0400
On Fri, 16 May 1997, Paul H. Brown wrote:
> Why the quarter in the first aid kit? Don't all telephones these days
> allow 911 calls for free?
Not all places have 911 service.
Setting up the system for 911 auto-locate requires a grid of street names
and house numbers. Most rural areas lack one or both. So first, each
road must be named, a semi-rational house-numbering system imposed,
acclimation by the populace must follow, and THEN 911 can go to beta.
(According to the GTE official spokeperson who was explaining at their
expense why 911 was taking 2+ yrs to get into operation in my GM's area.)
And, if you've ever been stuck where the only pay phone wants a "Ol'
Granddad Phone Card" even for local calls ... the quarter/25c won't do
you much good either. (I was once; to get a dial tone one had to insert
the specifically named phone card. Cashier was willing to rent it for a
collect call for $1.)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City