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News Release
Commission on Final Leg of 541 Area Code Open Houses
July 29, 2008 (2008-020)
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. Having completed 14 Open House events the Oregon Public Utility Commission will travel to Southwest and Southeastern Oregon in early August to give residents an opportunity to find out and have a say about Oregon’s new area code by attending an upcoming Open House in Roseburg, Medford, Klamath Falls and Lakeview.  The Open Houses are the last of 18 scheduled throughout the State.
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) 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.
If you cannot attend, more information is posted on PUC’s website.  Customers can also email their comments to PUC.541@state.or.us.  A decision will be made this fall.

DATE: Tuesday, August 5, 2008
TIME: 12 noon - 1:30 p.m.
PLACE: Douglas County (Roseburg) Library
            Ford Community Room
            1409 NE Diamond Lake Blvd.
            Roseburg, OR 97470
DATE: Tuesday, August 5, 2008
TIME: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
PLACE: Medford Branch Jackson County Library
            Large Community Meeting Room
            205 South Central
            Medford, OR 97501
DATE: Wednesday, August 6, 2008
TIME: 12 noon - 1:30 p.m.
PLACE: Ponderosa Jr. High School (in Library)
            2554 Main Street
            Klamath Falls, OR 97601
DATE: Wednesday, August 6, 2008
TIME: 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
PLACE: Lake County Fairgrounds
            Exhibit Hall #1 (South half)
            1900 North 4th Street
            Lakeview, OR 97630