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Local calling area opens to include Parachute

Staff Report

As of April 30, Garfield County towns from Carbondale to Parachute will be in the same Qwest local telephone calling areas.

“With this expansion, it will no longer be necessary to dial a `1′ when calling between those communities, and there will no longer be long distance charges. Calling within your current local calling area will not change,” said a Qwest press release.

Parachute residents will still be able to call from DeBeque to Grand Junction and Fruita without long distance charges. The new local calling area will be Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, New Castle, Silt, Rifle and Parachute.

Local service rates will not change as a result of this local calling area expansion. Those with speed calling, customer-programmable call forwarding, and other automatic dialing fax machines or call routing systems may need to re-program their equipment by April 30.

Customers who subscribe to a long distance volume discount plan that includes local long distance calling are urged to check with local long distance providers to determine if this change affects their calling plan.

Qwest spokesperson Eddie Ortega said the local calling area change request came last year from Garfield County, and the towns within the county. The Colorado Public Utilities Commission approved the change in December.

For more information, call Qwest at 1-800-244-1111. Select the current user option, then go to the billing menu item. Business customers can call 1-800-603-6000.

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