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Small LA town gets phone service for first time on Mon.

(New Orleans-AP) Feb. 1, 2005 - Mink, Louisiana, has entered a new era of communications. It now has telephones.

The rural settlement was one of the last places in the nation without phone service. That all changed Monday when they were finally hooked up.

Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco placed a ceremonial phone call to 83-year-old resident Alma Bolton.

BellSouth spent $700,000, about $47,000 per phone, to extend 30 miles of cable through thick forests to Mink, which is about 100 miles south of Shreveport.

Cell phones worked in Mink, but only in a few locations.

It didn't take resident Elaine Edwards long to find out that having a phone can be a mixed blessing. Fifteen minutes after hers was installed, a telemarketer called. She told him she wasn't interested and hung up.

posted 10:04am by Chris Rees

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