Residents of Pullman, Garfield and Palouse have until July 9 to select one of four telephone calling plans, including one that will offer unlimited toll-free service among the Whitman County communities for a fixed charge.
The balloting, approved by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission in March, is the first of its kind in the state.
Bruce Rowton, GTE Pullman-area manager, said local options usually force everyone to pay higher rates to offset lost long-distance revenues.
The ballot gives residents and businesses four choices. The rates vary for each community, depending on the number of out-of-town customers they can access using the new system.
GTE has a total of 133,500 customers in the three communities.
The plan takes effect July 26.
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