Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Valor Adding Distance Service.(Business)

Byline: Rosalie Rayburn Journal Staff Writer

* Young telephone company on five-year investment program

New Mexico's second-largest phone company, Valor Telecom, passed a milestone this week when it began offering long-distance service to its rural customers around the state.

"This is just part of our overall strategic business plan," said Bill Garcia, director of regulatory affairs for Valor in New Mexico.

Both the Federal Communications Commission and the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission recently approved Valor's application to provide long distance.

The process is much simpler for rural phone companies to offer long distance than the big Baby Bells supplying large metropolitan areas, said Garcia. …

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