Las Cruces, N.M., April 16, 2001? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE:Q), the broadband Internet communications company, announced today that calls between Las Cruces and Hatch no longer will be charged as long-distance calls.
?Now, customers in Las Cruces and Hatch do not have to worry about long-distance charges when calling each other, ? said John Badal, Qwest vice president for New Mexico. ?This is great news for consumers and businesses alike.?
Badal said Qwest was also eliminating long-distance fees and expanding the local calling area for customers in Roswell and Artesia; Angel Fire, Penasco, Questa, Red River and Taos; and Cimarron, Springer and Raton. He emphasized that with this change, effective April 3, it is no longer necessary to dial a "1" or the area code when calling between the communities within a new local calling area and there will be no long distance charges.
Public Regulation Commission Chairman Tony Schaefer, District 5, said the change was the result of passage of the New Mexico Alternative Form of Regulation Plan (AFOR) on March 8. ?The PRC is pleased to have had a hand in ensuring that customers in the Las Cruces and Hatch area have access to toll-free calling,? Schaefer said.
As a result of this local calling area expansion, local service rates in the exchanges of Angel Fire, Cimarron, Hatch, Penasco, Questa, Red River and Springer will be increased to the statewide rate charged to all other Qwest local service customers in New Mexico. For customers with measured service, local usage rates apply.
Customers with Speed Calling, customer-programmable Call Forwarding, or any other automatic dialing equipment (fax machines, computers, alarm monitors) or call routing systems, may need to reprogram their equipment with the implementation of these new calling areas.
Customers who subscribe to a long distance volume discount plan may want to check with their long distance provider to see if this change will affect their calling plan.The new rate for private line residence will become the statewide rate of $10.66 per month. The new rate for private line business will become the statewide rate of $34.37 per month.
Qwest lowered the residential Super Savings Local Long Distance rate, effective April 1, 2001. Customers can enjoy a new low rate of just 13 cents per minute. Super Savings rate applies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And with Qwest, customers don?t have to pay a monthly calling plan fee to take advantage of this low rate. Qwest is also lowering the residential Simple Value calling plan rate to 21 cents per minute during peak hours and 9 cents per minute during off-peak hours. And, Qwest is eliminating the Business Daytime Connection Plus, New Mexico Value I, Volume Discount, and Rate Savers calling plans. All customers on these calling plans will automatically be converted to the new low Super Savings Calling Plan rate.
If you have any questions regarding these changes or wish to add additional services, please call your Qwest Center for Customer Service or your account manager at the number shown below:
Federal Services: 1-800-879-2811
Large Bus/Govt.: 1-800-552-1104
For Spanish speaking customers:1-800-564-1121
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