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Hearing to be Held on Expanding Toll-Free Calling from Siletz to Lincoln City
February 24, 2004 (2004 - 003) (UM 1076)
 
Contacts:  Lee Beyer, Chairman, 503 378-6611; John Savage, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; Ray Baum, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; Bob Valdez, Public Information Officer, 503 378-8962
 
Salem, OR – The public is invited to an Open House February 26th sponsored by the Oregon Public Utility Commission to receive information and comment on a proposal to expand toll-free calling from Siletz to Lincoln City.
 
The Open House will be held at Siletz City Hall, 214 Buford Street. The doors open at 7 p.m. There will be no formal presentation. However, PUC staffers will be on hand to answer your questions and provide handouts.
 
The Open House will provide the opportunity to find out the proposed rates and let the Commission know your support or opposition to the proposed change.
 
Citizens of Siletz petitioned the Commission to expand their local calling area. Extended Area Service or EAS allows customers in one exchange, or local calling area, to call other exchanges without paying additional long distance charges. Siletz currently has EAS with the Newport and Toledo exchanges.
 
EAS is not cost-free. If the new rate is approved every customer will pay a flat rate per month for unlimited calling to Lincoln City. The residential rate will increase by 45 cents to $1.73 per month. The business rate would rise by 90 cents to $2.85. The EAS rate to Newport and Toledo will not change.
 
If the Commission approves the change, expanded toll-free calling would take effect no later than Oct. 2, 2004.
 
The public can also comment by writing the Commission at Oregon Public Utility Commission, Administrative Hearings Division, UM-1076, P.O. Box 2148, Salem, Oregon 97310, by e-mail at puc.consumer@state.or.us. Please provide your comments no later than Friday, February 27, 2004.
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