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EAS Approved For 12 Areas Involving 28 Local Exchanges
 
May 5, 2000 (2000-024)
 
Contacts: Ron Eachus, Chairman, 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) approved rates today for 12 additional Extended Service Areas (EAS) involving 28 local exchanges. EAS enables both residential and business customers to call within the designated EAS area without incurring long-distance phone charges for each call.
 
The telephone companies serving the exchanges may implement the toll-free calling at EAS rates as soon as they coordinate the deployment with other connecting carriers, but must do so no later than by October 7, 2000.
 
The residential and business EAS rate will vary depending on the customers' telephone exchange.
Customers can opt for a measured rate plan. The rate will vary from area to area but will include a 50 percent discount between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m.
 
In approving the requests, 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.
 
While EAS may provide savings to those who make a large number of calls, each EAS request must be examined by the PUC to determine if the resulting higher basic rates negatively impact other customers in affected exchanges.
 
The following telephone exchanges are included in the order: Oakridge, Long Creek, Monument, Madras, Westport, Philomath, Selma, Shedd, Echo, Ukiah, Starkey, and Azalea.
 
 
Petitioning Exchange Target Exchange(s)

Oakridge

 

Long Creek

 

Monument

 

Madras

 

Westport

 

Philomath

 

Selma

 

Shedd

 

Echo

 

Ukiah

 

Starkey

 

Azalea

Eugene-Springfield, Lowell

 

John Day, Vernon

 

John Day, Vernon, Long Creek

 

Bend, Redmond

 

Astoria, Knappa

 

Albany

 

Grants Pass

 

Halsey

 

Pendleton

 

Pendleton, Pilot Rock

 

La Grande

 

Roseburg, Myrtle Creek