Equal Access means you have the ability to select the long distance carrier of your choice. All RTC exchanges are equal access exchanges for all jurisdictions. This means all RTC subscribers have the ability to choose a primary long distance carrier by jurisdiction.
Your primary carrier becomes your “1+” carrier and “1+” equal access will provide you with simplicity in dialing your long distance calls. No matter which long distance company you choose, calls may be completed by simply dialing the digit ‘1’ followed by the called party’s area code and telephone number. Subscribers can have one long distance carrier for each jurisdiction, e.g. one carrier can be chosen for interlata calls and the same or a different carrier for intralata calls.
1+ Equal Access Most Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why do I have to choose a long distance company to place my calls?
The restructuring of the telephone industry has introduced competition into the long distance calling arena. Multiple companies are interested in providing you with the “1+” long distance service.
2. How do I designate a company as my “1+” long distance toll provider?
Contact the RTC Business Office at (701) 862-3115
3. How will “1+” Equal Access benefit me?
“1+” Equal Access will provide you with simplicity in dialing your long distance calls. No matter which long distance company you choose, calls may be completed by simply dialing the digit “1” followed by the called party’s area code and telephone number.
4. Are all of my long distance calls affected?
Yes. Equal Access applies to interlata calls and intralata calls.
5. What should I consider when making my selection of a long distance company?
Most of the companies have slightly different rate structures. By examining your specific long distance calling requirements, you will be able to choose the company that can best serve your needs. To learn more about the rates of the long distance companies, contact the companies directly.
6. How much will it cost me to make my selection?
There is no initial cost to you to have the long distance company of your choice connected to your telephone line. Once you have made a selection, however, any further change will require a service charge.
7. What happens if I don’t choose?
If the subscriber doesn’t choose at the time of application then they will not be able to make long distance calls.
8. Will I receive more than one bill?
In some cases you could receive more than one telephone bill. That would depend upon your selected long distance company’s billing arrangement. RTC bills only for NDLD (North Dakota Long Distance).
9. Can I notify the long distance company of my choice instead of the local telephone company?
Yes, but to ensure that your choice is recorded accurately it is worth the extra call to RTC.