Wellsville Rejects Local Calling to Belfast, Angelica

WELLSVILLE, N.Y. - Verizon telephone customers in the Allegany County community of Wellsville have voted against a plan to expand their local-calling area to include the towns of Belfast and Angelica, also in Allegany County.

In a Verizon-sponsored survey of Wellsville customers conducted recently, about 75 percent voted against a proposal to expand their local-calling area. The proposal would have eliminated regional toll charges for calls between Wellsville and Belfast and between Wellsville and Angelica and would have added about 2,000 customers to the Wellsville local-calling area. The proposal also would have increased the charge for flat-rate residential telephone service by $1.87 a month to reflect the increased value of the larger local-calling area.

The Wellsville local-calling area currently includes about 12,000 customers in Andover, Belmont, Bolivar and Friendship, as well as Wellsville.

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