Herald JournalHerald Journal, March 17, 2003

Winsted goal exceeded for metro calling petition

By Julie Yurek

The goal of 260 names on the metro calling petition was met and exceeded, said Bonnie Quast, who headed the drive for signatures.

More than 300 names adorn the metro calling petition, Quast said. She spent about a month obtaining signatures.

"People were really great in responding," Quast said.

Quast is going to go through the list and check for duplicate names. She gave copies of the petition to other residents to gather signatures, she said.

Residents that were able to sign were those with a (320) 485 phone number, which included many rural residences.

Metro calling would allow residents and businesses to call the Twin Cities area without long distance charges. There will be a higher base rate, however.

Now that the petition is finished, it will then be sent to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). From there, the PUC will contact TDS TELECOM and surrounding telephone companies to do a cost study to determine what the "metro additive," or increase in base fee, would be in Winsted. After that, a vote would be conducted and 51 percent of the cast ballots would need to be yes for the service to be approved.

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