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News Release
Commission to Host Coastal and Mid-Valley 541 Area Code Open Houses
July 17, 2008 (2008-019)
Contacts:  Lee Beyer, Chairman, 503 378-6611; Ray Baum, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; John Savage, Commissioner, 503 378-6611; Bob Valdez, Public Affairs Specialist, 503 378-8962
Salem, Ore. The Oregon Public Utility Commission will travel to the Oregon coast later this month to provide residents with an opportunity to find out and have a say about Oregon’s new area code by attending an upcoming Open House in Lincoln City, Newport, Florence, Coos Bay and Eugene.
Available telephone numbers in the 541 area code are limited and expected to run out in early 2011.
Due to the time required to implement a new area code, the Public Utility Commission of Oregon (PUC) has opened an investigation to determine the best way to provide number relief. Affected customers are encouraged to comment and ask questions on the need for a new area code at any of 18 PUC hosted open house meetings throughout the state.
Members of the PUC Staff and industry representatives will be available to answer individual questions from the public during this time.
More information is posted on PUC’s website.  Customers can also email their comments to PUC.541@state.or.us.  A decision is expected this fall.
DATE: Tuesday, July 22, 2008
TIME: 12 Noon – 1:30 p.m.
PLACE: Lincoln City Council Chambers
            801 SW Hwy 101 – 3rd Fl.
            Lincoln City, OR 97367
DATE: Tuesday, July 22, 2008
TIME: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
PLACE: Newport High School
            322 Eads St.
            Newport, OR 97365
DATE: Wednesday, July 23, 2008
TIME: Noon to 1:30 p.m.
PLACE: Siuslaw Public Library
            Bromley Room
            1460 9th St.
            Florence, OR 97439
DATE: Wednesday, July 23, 2008
TIME: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
PLACE: Southwest Oregon Community College
            Lakeview Room
            1988 Newmark
            Coos Bay, OR 97420
DATE: Thursday, July 24, 2008
TIME: Noon to 1:30 p.m.
PLACE: Public Service Building
            Bob Straub Room
            125 E 8th
            Eugene, OR 97401