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Hugo Neighborhood Association & Historical Society

1856 Wagon Trail Inventory
Agricultural Lands of Dickerson's Corner
Attempt to Re-zone Dickerson's Corner
Free Internet Information On Ground Water
Going Local
Granite Tombstone Quarry Site
Hugo Community Church History Project
Hugo Community Sign Dedication
Hugo Historic Building Inventory
Hugo's Dream of Neighborhood Park
Inventory of Hugo's Cultural Assets
IRR Series
Is Your Property Forestland & In a Wildfire Hazard Zone?
Josephine County Tax Rolls: 1859, 1860, 1861
Junk Cars
Lynch Ranch
Memorial to Holger Sommer
Metal Detector Project
Oral History Agreements
Oregon City Size & Tax Rate
Pleasant Valley Cemetery
Seeking Applicants For Hugo Neighborhood Assn.
Self-Guided Tour - Granite Tombstone Quarry Site
Soil Surveys
Southern Oregon Toll-Free Region?
What Is The Capacity of Your Fire Hazard Area?



Do you want a Southern Oregon Toll-Free Region which in legal terms is an "Extended Area Service (EAS) Region"?

An EAS region is a replacement for long distance (toll) service. An EAS allows telephone customers in one local calling area (known as an exchange) to call one or more nearby exchanges without incurring long distance charges.

Advantages:  The region will give customers greater calling access to neighboring communities. This access can be quite important in smaller exchanges, where local residents are often forced to rely on good and services found in other exchanges. An EAS region can also help address the problem of outdated exchange boundaries. Original exchange boundaries may no longer correspond to community calling patterns. The region will help eliminate this problem by eliminating the "toll barrier" between exchanges that are really a part of one community.

Disadvantages:  The EAS is not a free service. Per-minute long distance charges are replaced with a flat or measured EAS rate, with most customers opting for a flat rate. Long distance charges formerly faced by a small number of customers are replaced with smaller EAS charges to many customers. The Oregon Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will be careful to make sure the cost shifting among customers is understood and generally accepted by affected customers before creating a new EAS region.

Position Of Hugo Neighborhood

Is it possible to build strong local communities that are able to protect themselves?

Mike Walker, Secretary, Hugo Neighborhood, is one of 14 individuals serving on an Advisory Task Force that will recommend to the PUC proposed boundaries for a Southern Oregon EAS local calling region. He is representing the Hugo Neighborhood’s position that customers can, and have, sought individual routes as an alternative to joining a region. We emphasize the position that just because the Hugo Neighborhood has opted into the region during the boundary setting stage does not mean that it is recommending neighbors ultimately join the region. If the rates are unsatisfactory to the citizens of Hugo, they can bow out of the region.

More information on the proposed calling area can be found in the Archives section for the Mail Tribune Online Edition. Search for Shayne Maxwell and you will discovered several articles.

· Rogue River folks fight long distance fees - March 31, 2002
· Petitioner makes connections on valley wide phone rate - April 21, 2002
· Phone rebellion is starting to pay off - May 29, 2002
· Mail Tribune Online Edition - Opinion On Single Calling Area For Region - May 30, 2002
· Public lets figures do the talking at hearing - June 21, 2002
· PUC to hear case on changing service for 582 prefix - June 11, 2002
· Rural phone customers´ frustrations mount - July 1, 2002
· PUC sees need for extended service area - July 11, 2002
· PUC to consider local calling area - August 21, 2002
· Panel will outline local telephone zone - October 4, 2002

More Information

On August 20, 2002 the PUC opened an investigation to determine whether to establish a Southern Oregon Toll-Free Region and has established an EAS Citizens Advisory Panel that will propose potential boundaries to the PUC.

The PUC may accept, modify or reject the Panel’s proposal. After boundaries are established the investigation will proceed through the standard EAS procedure of establishing proposed customer rates.

The PUC staff, working with the affected local exchange telephone companies, including Quest, Verizon, Sprint United, and Citizen, will conduct a rate analysis. EAS rates must be revenue neutral. That is, affected telecommunications carriers should neither gain, nor lose income as a result of a new EAS region.

Once the proposed rates are determined the PUC will hold a series of public meetings to determine whether citizens still want to go forward with establishing an EAS region.

More Information:   Contact an officer of the Hugo Neighborhood, or the PUC for more information.

Marlene Gorsuch, Project Analyst
Oregon Public Utility Commission
550 Capitol Street NE, Suite 215
Salem, Oregon 97301

PUC Web Page:

October 24, 2002

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