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News Release
Sprint Telephone Rates Reduced; Infrastructure Upgrades Planned
September 11, 2003 (2003 - 025)
Contacts:  Lee Beyer, Chairman, 503 378-6611; John Savage, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; Ray Baum, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; Bob Valdez, Public Information Officer, 503 378-8962
Salem, OR – Sprint’s residential and business customers will see their Extended Area Service (EAS) rates reduced by six percent effective September 12, 2003 as a result of a decision by the Oregon Public Utility Commission to trim the company’s annual intrastate revenues by $585,000 a year. EAS allows telephone customers the ability to call nearby exchanges without incurring long distance charges.
The average reduction for residential customers will be 26 cents per month. Business customers on the average will see a reduction of 27 cents a month. About 99 percent of Sprint’s customers currently have EAS.
As part of an earlier stipulation related to this decision, Sprint will spend $4.37 million dollars over the next three years to upgrade its network in its service areas in the Columbia River gorge. After the upgrades, the communities of Mosier, Odell, Parkdale, Grass Valley, and Wasco will receive improved dial-up internet access, Caller ID-based services, and will be better positioned for the deployment of DSL.
"We are pleased to be able to reduce rates and get a significant investment commitment," said Commission Telecommunications Administrator Phil Nyegaard.
The Commission decision will also result in lower prices for a number of other services. The Carrier Common Line access charge will be reduced by 8.55 percent. Long distance companies pay these access charges to originate and terminate long distance calls on the Sprint network. Sprint will also revert to a standard discount of 20 percent for intrastate long distance calls made in the evening and 30 percent discount for calls made at night or on the weekend.
Sprint will also reduce rates for three specialty business services:
  • Switched Dedicated DS3
  • Special Access High Capacity
  • Direct Inward Dial (DID) Telephone Numbers
Sprint serves approximately 80,915 customers in Oregon.