Meeting set to resolve 659 prefix problem |

Meeting set to resolve 659 prefix problem

The state Public Utilities Commission will explore today whether to change or keep current phone service boundaries in the Big Oak Valley area.

The Big Oak Valley straddles the line separating Nevada and Yuba counties.

Some people with 639 phone prefixes are forced to pay long-distance tolls for calls to nearby Nevada County communities.

But not all Big Oak residents are in favor of change and like their phone service the way it is.

Two hearings set for today will examine whether to change the boundary between the Smartville phone and Nevada County phone exchanges to coincide with the county line.

Nevada County filed a complaint with the PUC against Pacific Bell in June after Big Oak residents were unsuccessful in resolving their issues with the phone company.

The PUC expects to issue a decision by Feb. 23.

Meetings will be at 2 p.m. and at 7 p.m. at the Penn Valley Fire Station, 10153 Spenceville Road, in Penn Valley.

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