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Commission Schedules Hearings on Deregulating Qwest Directory Assistance
July 16, 2002 (2002 – 019)(UX 27)
Contacts:  Roy Hemmingway, Chairman, 503 378-6611; Joan H. Smith, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; Lee Beyer, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; Bob Valdez, Public Information Officer, 503 378-8962
Salem, OR – The Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC) will hold two hearings for the public to comment on whether Qwest Communications should be allowed to set its own prices for directory assistance.
Currently the OPUC controls prices for Qwest’s directory assistance service. In the company’s filing, Qwest said Oregon consumers have many other options for directory assistance. Qwest currently charges 50 cents for local information requests, and it allows two free calls a month. National directory assistance costs 85 cents a call.
Following the investigation, the Commission could decide to allow the change, allow it with conditions, or retain regulation of directory assistance rates.
Oregon is one of two states in the company’s 14-state service area that still regulates directory assistance.
The Commission held the first of three hearings in Portland on June 6, 2002. A Commission Administrative Law Judge will oversee two additional hearings during the month of July in Bend and Eugene.
Date: July 18, 2002
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Bend-LaPine Public Schools
Administration Building
520 NW Wall St #314
Bend, OR 97701
Date: July 25, 2002
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Eugene City Hall
Council Chamber
777 Pearl Street
Eugene, OR 97401