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News Release
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)



Long Creek





















Eugene-Springfield, Lowell


John Day, Vernon


John Day, Vernon, Long Creek


Bend, Redmond


Astoria, Knappa




Grants Pass






Pendleton, Pilot Rock


La Grande


Roseburg, Myrtle Creek