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Jane Patterson

Tel: (225) 342-7701
Fax: (225) 342-7757

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 94280
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70804

Physical Address:
Galvez Building
602 North Fifth Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

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Office of Telecommunications Management

Telecommunications Information Notice 09-05
Pending Changes to the Shreveport and Monroe Area (Area Code 318)
Excluding Alexandria
LINC Long Distance Telephone Service Effective May 8, 2009

April 16, 2009

As per the Office of Telecommunications Management's (OTM's) earlier TIN 09-02, modifications are under way that may change how LINC (Louisiana Intercity Network for Communications) long distance service interfaces with your local telephone service. These modifications will take place in the Shreveport and Monroe area (area code 318), excluding Alexandria, on May 8, 2009.

Effective May 8, 2009, Centrex users in the 318 area code region, excluding Alexandria, who have been dialing their long distance calls starting with "8 +", must begin dialing long distance calls as:

9 + 1 + area code + 7 digit telephone number

Those Centrex users will no longer use the "8 +" dialing plan beginning May 8, 2009.

For some PBX locations in this area, there may be a slight change in how long distance calls are dialed beginning on May 8, 2009. For these subscribers whose LINC long distance dialing will change, your local PBX administrator should provide you with the new dialing instructions prior to that date.

If your agency's LINC telephone dialing is affected by this change, please be sure that your agency's employees are notified of the change and effective date.

For any question about this change in long distance service, contact Jolene Ardoin at or 225 342-8682.