For years, we endured long distance charges between Boise, Nampa and
Caldwell. In May 1995, Bridge the Gap and later Valley Link services were
terminated by the Idaho Public Utilities Commission (IPUC).
I decided that we should have a local calling area and started a petition to
make this request. It took two years but I followed the process to
At the completion of the project, I found that we not only saw a change in
the Treasure Valley, but other metropolitan areas of Idaho reaped benefits as
- May 1995, started petition
Phone Toll Fight Brews
- September 1995, turned in 9,000 signatures to IPUC. Many thanks
for all the time and effort by everyone.
Nampa man renews long-distance debate
- Dec 12, 1995, Wrote a letter to the
Idaho Public Utilities Commission.
- May 21, 1996, IPUC hearings. Made public testimony.
- September 4-6, 1996, Idaho PUC Technical Hearings.
- September 16, 1996, Idaho PUC Public Hearings. Made public testimony.
Also encouraged everyone I could to also provide testimony
or at least show up, thus showing the Idaho PUC that we care. The
room was full! Thanks everyone!
- September 1996, after 15,000 signatures came in, the Idaho PUC
approved Local EAS calling area and directed US West to make
Idaho Press Tribune,
Phone company will lift toll for Boise calls
- April 1997, US West initiated Local EAS calling area.
- April 1999, US West expands Boise, Nampa, Caldwell area to include Weiser
to Glenns Ferry, one of the largest local calling areas in the United
US West will expand local calling area