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  • MT 100: September 15, 1913

  • September 15, 1913
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  • September 15, 1913
    The state railroad commission sitting as the public utilities commission, at a session held on the mezzanine floor of the Medford Hotel, granted the application of the Butte Falls & Eagle Point Telephone Company, through its president, W.C. Clements, for a standardization of rates, and an increase in tolls from Medford to points on the line. The commission also fixed the rental fee, credited to users owning their phones, at 25 cents a month, instead of 50 cents as now.
    The commission in hearing the application of the Home Telephone of Medford for an increase of rates. In this the city charter conflicts with the state law. The Home franchise provides that when a certain number of phones are installed the rates therein fixed shall exist, and assert they are now entitled to the franchise provision. The commission will hear testimony supporting the contention that the service warrants the increase.
    The telephone company is represented by Attorney Gus Newbury and Manager Vance, and the city by Attorney McCabe.
    The commission consists of F.K. Miller, chairman; Clyde B. Aitchison; and Tom K. Campbell. E.F. Bussell, representing the commission, has been investigating local phone conditions and will testify.
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