1996-03-09 - Re: Switchboard

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From: rah@shipwright.com (Robert Hettinga)
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
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UTC Datetime: 1996-03-09 17:55:33 UTC
Raw Date: Sun, 10 Mar 1996 01:55:33 +0800

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From: rah@shipwright.com (Robert Hettinga)
Date: Sun, 10 Mar 1996 01:55:33 +0800
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
Subject: Re: Switchboard
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At 2:27 AM 3/7/96, Bill Frantz wrote:

> I checked them out and the couldn't find my record.  Since I have a listed
> telephone number, I can only assume that their records do not include GTE
> local service records or some other equally huge gap.

I was messing around with this a year and a half ago (woulda shoulda
coulda), and my guess is they're using Reuben Donnelly's database. They're
the largest phonebook printer, and they even go so far as to OCR a lot, but
apparently not all, of their competition.

They say 90 million names, and that seems to be the number I was quoted...


Robert Hettinga (rah@shipwright.com)
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