Local telephone service may become operational between Gilmer and Calhoun on March 1, according to the Public Service Commission. Existing toll charges will be eliminated. While the changes have been approved in Charleston, the FCC has been making the final decision.

A spokesperson for the PSC said the companies have evaluated their present equipment requirements, and the adjustments can be made.

The lowering of the phone barriers between Calhoun and Gilmer County have long been an irritation to the two communities.

Glenville businessman Buck White lead the recent effort for local service, and the Calhoun Commission was the first official body to apply to the PSC for the change.

A formal announcement is expected from the phone companies.

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