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Running Your Own Phone Company

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Have you ever thought of running your own telephone company?

If you're like most people, the answer is probably "no", without any question. But the idea used to be more romantic and enticing. Even during the era of Bell System dominance, from the late 1920s right through Divestiture in 1984, hundreds of independent phone companies existed and flourished — and many still do. Perhaps you remember the New City Telephone Company from the 1975 AT&T video production, "Run A Phone Company", in which high school students participated in a simulation of managing a phone company. While it was purely an educational initiative, it does prompt the question: why can't I run my own phone company?

As residential phreaks ourselves, the idea has been enticing for a long time. That's why it's incredibly exciting to announce the launch of a new phone company which we helped cofound, which is now doing business as the Mountain Pacific Telephone Company. Already, Mountain Pacific Telephone Company has nearly 2,000 phone numbers under its wing, and plans for expansion are on the table. At the same time, we haven't forgotten the commitment to service, quality, and integrity that was an integral part of the Bell System's mission and those of many other independent phone companies of days of yore — which is why we promise you that our commitment to service, quality, and integrity will always come first. Deal with a personal, approachable phone company, not a monolithic or impersonal giant. Let us know how we can serve your business needs!

But what good is a phone company if it doesn't have any phone numbers? Our main line is 957-1717, located in the 406 area code. Please keep in mind that at certain parts of the day, we often receive more calls than we have operators to handle them. You can press 9 at the menu to leave a message, or call our office answering machine at 957-1718 and leave a message. We will do our best to return your call as soon as possible.

Mountain Pacific Tel. Co. is proud to be a new neighbor in business to all of our customers, not just in our principal serving area of the great State of Montana, but all of our neighbors across the United States. Please feel free to let us know how we can better serve you!

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