1,700 in SC, including North Augusta, Aiken and Graniteville, face phone service distruption

About 1,700 residents across Aiken, Edgefield and Barnwell counties face a telephone shutoff on March 1 because AT&T is disconnecting service to DialTone & More Inc. for nonpayment of wholesale services.

The bulk of those consumers, who make up nearly a third of the 5,700 consumers across two dozen affected South Carolina counties, live in Aiken, North Augusta, Barnwell, Edgefield and Graniteville, according to the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff.

ZIP codes where consumers will be affected include: 29801, 29803, 29805, 29812, 29817, 29824, 29829, 29831, 29842, 29847, 29853 and 29856.

DialTone & More leases facilities from AT&T to provide phone service. A message left with the company Wednesday was not returned. An alert from the Office of Regulatory Staff issued Wednesday says officers of DialTone & More have also not responded to their inquiries.

The company went into forfeiture in July, according to the corporate history listed with the South Carolina secretary of state. That means it fell short of statutory business guidelines and the Secretary of State’s Office administratively dissolved the entity, which is no longer in good standing.

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