Underground phone line cut to house

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I cut mine recently. My phone company said it would cost $75 unless I had called for underground locate. I had and the fix was free.
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Contrary to popular belief, the phone company NEVER fixed (or did) ANYTHING for "free". Never. Not directory assistance, pre-wiring in the good, old days, zippo.
EVERYONE - all phone subscribers - paid for those services as part of their monthly bill.
We invented socialism, folks. Judge Greene tore it all down in the Modified Final Judgement and Final Divestiture of that old, mean, evil Bell System.
It all began to fall apart with the advent of charging for Directory Assistance. Think about it: Why should *I* pay - as part of my phone bill - for DA operators that I never use, but are OVERUSED by those too lazy to use the phone book?
Why should I pay for the damage you did to your buried service wire?
You probably will - and SHOULD - be charged for the repair of the telco line (their property).
The technician that repairs the damage gets a paycheck as does the technician that works for the locating service that you SHOULD HAVE called.
My "attitude" is driven by my constant amazement that the assumption that the phone company will do [whatever] for "free" persists 23 years after the big breakup. We're just like any other company now: You incur cost, you pay for it.
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JR

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On Mon, 19 Nov 2007 07:20:14 -0800, usethisone2007 wrote:

Unless you know what you are doing, your best bet is to contact the phone company and pay your dues. It's a mistake for sure and a lesson.
Count yourself lucky that it was not an electric supply line or a gas feed. Had it been either, you most likely would have missed the opportunity to post in this news group.
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No offense, but this isn't rocket science to splice a cable. I'm just looking for the best parts.
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