New rates for local measured service in areas of southern Idaho served by US WEST Communications have been approved by the Idaho Public Utilities Commission.

Local measured service is offered to customers with limited local calling needs. Customers pay a reduced basic monthly fee and an additional cents-per-minute charge for each local call.The new rates are 2 cents per minute for calls within the local community and 3 cents per minute for calls in neighboring communities within the local service area. The monthly base rate varies from $5.22 to $6.16 per month based on the number of phones a customer can reach with a local call.

Local measured service is available to most US WEST service areas and should be available to all service areas by the end of the year when the company completes a digital upgrade program for local switching offices.