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News Release
Newport Special Public Meeting Will Look At
Telecommunications Service Quality And Capacity Issues

April 27, 1999 (1999-018)
Contacts: Ron Eachus, Chairman, 503 378-6611; Roger Hamilton, Commissioner 503 378-6611; Joan H. Smith, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; Ron Karten, Public Information Officer, 503 378-8962
Salem, Ore. – The Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC) is scheduled to hold a Special Public Meeting in Newport to learn about telecommunications infrastructure and service quality issues in the central coast area. Commissioners will convene the hearing at the Holiday Inn @ Agate Beach (3019 N Coast Hwy) in Newport on Thursday evening, April 29th at 7:00 PM.
Commissioners will seek input from area residents and businesses regarding telephone service and capacity issues. The Special Public Meeting comes amid Commission investigations into complaints about service quality and capacity issues across the state.
"We want to hear from residents of the area about their wants, needs, and expectations for the telecommunications services," said Ron Eachus, Chairman of the Commission. "It also is a good chance for the phone companies and the customers to talk to each other."
The Commission’s staff engineer will begin the program with a description and assessment of the status of the telecommunications network in the central coast area.
The general public will be invited to speak during a question, answer, and comment period. Residents of the central coast area also have been invited to make presentations. Among them are Guy DiTorrice, Executive Director of Central Oregon Coast Association; Ben Doty, Telecommunications Manager of Central Lincoln People’s Utility District; Onno Husing, Executive Director of Oregon Coastal Zone Management Association (OCZMA); Ed Parker, owner of Parker Telecommunications; Darla Hamblin and David David, owners of Consolidated Media. Also on hand will be representatives of as many as six phone companies serving customers on the coast.
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