Bell Atlantic Bridges Ohio River With Toll-Free Calling
Mason-to-Pomeroy Tolls to be Eliminated Nov. 1
October 8, 1997
become local beginning Nov. 1. On that date it will no longer be
necessary to dial a '1' first when calling between the two areas.
Should customers mistakenly dial a '1,' the call will still be
Those phone numbers affected on the West Virginia side of the Ohio
River begin with '773.' The Pomeroy exchange, which is in the 614
area code, includes numbers that begin with '992.'
"A river can't divide the ties that bind these two communities. We
recognize this, and we have been working diligently with local groups,
regulators and legislators over several years to get to this
successful conclusion," said Mike Newman, Bell Atlantic area manager
for southern West Virginia.
As a consequence of the Bell System's divestiture in 1984, the company
is prohibited from providing phone service between regional calling
areas and could not provide local phone service across the Ohio River
to Pomeroy without a special waiver from the Federal Communications
Commission. Bell Atlantic just recently was granted permission from
the FCC to link Mason with Pomeroy for local service.
Pomeroy customers have been enjoying local phone service to Mason
since last February. GTE, Pomeroy's local phone company, did not
require special approval from the FCC.
Calling from Mason to Pomeroy will not cost customers extra,
regardless of the local calling plan customers subscribe to. Here's
how the plans are affected:
Thrifty Caller Service ($6 a month, residence; $24.50, business) - All
completed outgoing local calls are billed by the minute, except for
calls to Pomeroy. Calls to Pomeroy are completed at no extra charge.
Community Caller Service ($15 a month, residence customers only) -
Calls within the Mason exchange and to Pomeroy are part of the flat
monthly fee. There is an additional charge for local calls to Letart,
New Haven, Point Pleasant, Ravenswood, Leon and Ripley.
Community Plus Caller Service ($22 a month, residence; $60 a month,
business) - Calls to Mason, Letart, New Haven, Point Pleasant and
Pomeroy are included in the monthly fee. An additional charge is
incurred for calls to Ravenswood, Leon and Ripley.
Frequent Caller Service ($29, residence customers only) - No
additional charges for any local calls, including Pomeroy.
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