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Commission to Host 541 Area Code Meetings in Northeastern Oregon
 
July 2, 2008 (2008-016) (UM-1380)
 
Contacts:  Lee Beyer, Chairman, 503 378-6611; Ray Baum, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; John Savage, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; Bob Valdez, Public Affairs Specialist, 503 378-8962
 
Salem, Ore. The Oregon Public Utility Commission will travel to Northeastern Oregon in early July to provide residents with an opportunity to find out and have a say about Oregon’s new area code by attending an upcoming Open House in The Dalles, Pendleton, La Grande, Baker City and Ontario.
 
Available telephone numbers in the 541 area code are limited and expected to run out in early 2011.
 
Due to the time required to implement a new area code, the Public Utility Commission of Oregon (PUC) has opened an investigation to determine the best way to provide number relief.  Affected customers are encouraged to comment and ask questions on the need for a new area code at any of 18 PUC hosted open house meetings throughout the state.
 
Members of the PUC Staff and industry representatives will be available to answer individual questions from the public during this time.
 
More information is posted on the PUC's website.  Customers can also email their comments to PUC.541@state.or.us.  A decision is expected this fall.
 
DATE: Tuesday, July 8, 2008
TIME: 12 Noon – 1:30 p.m.
PLACE: The National Guard Armory
            713 Webber Street
            The Dalles, OR 97058
 
DATE: Tuesday, July 8, 2008
TIME: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
PLACE: The National Guard Armory
            2100 NW 56th Street
            Pendleton, OR 97801
 
DATE: Wednesday, July 9, 2008
TIME: Noon – 1:30 p.m.
PLACE: Baker School District 5-J
            North Conference Room
            2090 Fourth Street
            Baker City, OR 97814

DATE: Thursday, July 10, 2008
TIME: Noon – 1:30 p.m.
PLACE: La Grande Public Library
            Community Room
            2006 Fourth Street
            La Grande, OR 97850
 
DATE: Wednesday, July 9, 2008
TIME: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
PLACE: The Holiday Inn Ontario
            Lewis & Clark Room
            1245 Tapadera Avenue
            Ontario, OR 97914
 
 
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