I am outraged at the practices of Linda Gamble and the Hampden Telephone Co. By contacting any and every person who sells a product or service, no matter how limited in scope or duration, they seem to be going far beyond their own written regulations. This regulation states it is a non-residential line when it is used primarily for other than residential purposes.
Certainly none of the examples published in the weekend article of the NEWS on July 21-22 fell under this category.
By continuing to go after such minor business activity the telephone company is risking the dampening of enterpreneurial spirit. Even graver, their practice may deny much-needed income to less fortunate families and individuals trying to make ends meet without outside assistance.
I hope they change their practice now and send apologies to all who were contacted unfairly.
Only if the majority of a person’s income is derived from a business should they feel that they should have to pay the extra money for a non-residential line.
Hampden Telephone Co. should end this authoritarian practice now and come up with a kinder and fairer way to deal with their need for additional revenue. Brad Schwartz Deer Isle