phone fun, was GeoIP database issues and the real world consequences

Jean-Francois Mezei jfmezei_nanog at
Fri Apr 15 21:30:08 UTC 2016

On 2016-04-15 17:21, Mark Andrews wrote:

> Yes the area codes are huge (multi-state) and some "local" calls
> are sometimes long distance. 

Until early 1990s, the 819 area code spanned from the US/canada Border
in Québec, around Montréal (514), included the Laurentians and just
about everything north all the way to Grise Fiord on Ellesmere Island
north of the magnetic north pole.

Some exchanges reacheable only via satellite (what is now Nunavut) and
some are near urban centres. And I reemember when one could dial 4
digits to call anyone in the cottage village (omitting the 819-687 prefix).

When bell Canada bought northwestel, it transfered what is now Nunavut
territory to NWTel which moved the 819 telephone numbers to its 867 area
code which now spans from the Yukon/Alaska border to the
Canada/Greenland border.

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