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News Release
PUC Supports Jefferson Extended Area Service
March 16, 2000 (2000-013)
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 - Residents in Jefferson may soon be able to call Salem without being charged for a long-distance call under terms of an order approved today by the Oregon Public Utility Commission.
After reviewing proposed rates, terms and conditions, and the Extended Area Service (EAS) route, the Commission concluded they were reasonable and in the best interest of the public.
The EAS petition is unique because it crosses an established LATA boundary. A LATA boundary is a geographic area that is the domain of a local service carrier, in this case U S WEST. Due to this factor, the Commission does not have final say in this matter. It lies with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) which has the authority to grant a waiver.
The order directs U S WEST to petition the FCC for a LATA waiver. The Commission is hopeful the FCC will review the matter and approve it in time to allow toll-free calling at EAS rates for the interLATA route by October 7, 2000.
Under stipulated rates, Jefferson customers would pay $2.05 and $3.00, respectively, for flat-rate residential and business EAS to the Salem exchange. Salem customers would pay $0.05 and $0.07 respectively, for a flat-rate residential and business EAS to the Jefferson exchange.
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