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News Release
Rogue River Extended Area Service Receives Final Commission Approval
February 7, 2003 (2003 - 001)
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 - Residents of Rogue River will soon be able to place telephone calls to three nearby cities without paying an additional long-distance toll charge, but they will pay slightly higher monthly bills as a result of a decision by the Oregon Public Utility Commission to approve new Extended Area Service (EAS) routes.
The decision means Rogue River residents will no longer have to pay long-distance toll charges to call Gold Hill, Central Point and Medford. In exchange for unlimited calling, residents and businesses will pay a slight increase in their monthly Extended Area Service (EAS) rate.
The change will take effect on or before May 16, 2003 depending how quickly Qwest can make the required changes to its system.
The EAS rate for Rogue River residential customers will increase from the current rate of $1.28 per month to $2.03, an increase of 75 cents. Business rates will increase from $1.95 to $3.05. Rogue River already has EAS service to Grants Pass.
Residential customers in Gold Hill, Central Point and Medford will see an increase of their EAS rate by one cent, and businesses by two cents.
"We’re pleased to do this because Rogue River residents told us it was important to them to be able to call family members and businesses, as well as emergency, governmental, and other services not available within their local calling area without having to pay a toll charge", said Commissioner Lee Beyer.
Customers can opt for either a flat or measured EAS rate. The flat rate allows customers unlimited calling within the region for a flat monthly fee. Measured means you will be billed on a per minute basis for calls you make within the region.
The flat rate would be the best choice for any residential customer who makes more than 51 minutes worth of calls per month to the new calling areas and Grants Pass. For business customers, the break-even point is 76 minutes according to Commission staff, who analyzed the citizen petition requesting EAS to the three southern Oregon cities.
Customers will be notified by the company prior to the effective date to decide whether they want a flat monthly rate or to be charged on a per-call or measured rate.
Qwest neither makes nor loses money with Extended Area Service.
The Commission approves EAS routes once a year. Since instituting EAS in 1989 the Commission has approved 1695 EAS routes statewide.