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News Release
Commission Seeks Input on Proposed Southern Oregon Calling Region Boundaries
February 10, 2003 (2003 - 002)(UM 1061)
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 is seeking comment on a proposal from an advisory panel to create a toll-free calling region in Southern Oregon consisting of 18 exchanges. The list of exchanges is attached.
People who want to comment can do so with e-mail, writing a letter, or in person at the Commission’s regularly scheduled February 18, 9:30 a.m. public meeting in Salem
At the meeting the Commission will consider accepting the formal recommendation setting the boundary for the region from the 14-member Citizen Advisory Panel. The Commission appointed members to the panel, all of whom are from Southern Oregon, based on recommendations from the region’s legislative delegation.
Once boundaries for a new toll-free region are established the PUC and affected companies will work together to analyze historic usage data. They will also consider the need for additional telecommunications facilities because of the likelihood the number of calls made will increase if an EAS region is created. The analyses are required in order to establish proposed rates. Calculating the rates will take several months.
Proposed new rates will be presented to affected customers at a series of public hearings in Southern Oregon. The Commission cannot say at this time how high rates will be. Revenues from the new EAS rate will make up for lost revenues from toll calls currently paid to the affected companies. However, they must be revenue neutral. That means they cannot result in either additional profit or cost to Qwest, Sprint, Verizon, and Frontier.
You can mail your comments to:
Oregon Public Utility Commission
550 Court St. Suite 215
P.O. Box 2148
Salem, Oregon 97310
Send them electronically with e-mail to puc.commission@state.or.us.