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PSC schedules hearings next week on deregulating telephone industry

With telephone technology changing fast -- many people are making calls over the Internet or on wireless networks -- the state is considering deregulating telephone service.

The Public Service Commission will hold information and discussion sessions on telephone regulations next week in Fredonia and Rochester.

The first event is to be held 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday at the Darwin R. Barker Library, 7 Day St., Fredonia.

Another event is scheduled 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at City Hall Council Chambers, 30 Church St., Rochester.

The sessions are part of 11 planned public information events to be held around the state, the agency said.

People unable to attend the events may make comments by telephone on the PSC's toll-free opinion line, (800) 335-2120. Callers should press "2" to leave comments about the telephone proceeding.

They may also send written statements to Jaclyn A. Brilling, Secretary, New York State Public Service Commission, 3 Empire State Plaza, Albany, N.Y. 12223. Letters should reference case 05-C-0616 and should arrive at the agency by Nov. 1.

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