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Oakridge EAS Clears Final Hurdle
 
May 5, 2000 (2000-022)
 
Contacts: Ron Eachus, 503 378-6611; Roger Hamilton, Commissioner 503 378-6611; Joan H. Smith, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; Bob Valdez, Public Information Officer, 503 378-8962
 
Salem, OR - The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) today approved Extended Area Service rates and EAS petition clearing the way for Oakridge residents to call Eugene-Springfield, and Lowell without incurring long-distance phone charges no later than this fall.
 
Approval of rates was the final regulatory hurdle for Oakridge to join Eugene's local telephone extended service area.
 
U S WEST may implement the toll-free calling at EAS rates as soon as possible, but must do so no later than by October 7, 2000.
 
The EAS residential rate for Oakridge will be $2.66 per month. The business rate will be set at $4.00 per month. The EAS rate in Eugene will be $1.99 for residences, up from $1.85, and $2.99 for businesses, up from $2.75.
 
Customers can opt for a measured rate plan in which they will pay $0.05 a minute with a 50 percent discount between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m.
 
In approving the request, the PUC noted EAS is important to many customers because it allows them toll-free access to family, neighbors, and businesses, as well as emergency, medical, educational and governmental services, not located in their local calling area.
 
The Oakridge request is among 12 EAS petitions approved by the Commission in a consolidated order.
 
 
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