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New Telephone Service Available

KENNEWICK, Wash.- Charter Communications is launching a new service Monday to compete with Verizon, Qwest and all the cell phone choices available.

It'll run over your cable and Internet lines, allowing customers to combine all three services into one.

The $33-million investment in the local economy means people from Yakima to Walla Walla have a new option that provides both local and long-distance service, and means area residents have yet another choice when choosing their telephone provider.

"Folks now have the opportunity to, to sit down and decide, you know, who brings the best price and value, you know, to their home," said Frank Antonovich, a Charter Vice President.

"Not only in the phone business, but in the Internet business, and the video business." 

And due to new number portability laws, switching service won't require you to switch your number as it did in the past.  And they warn, the service is not Internet based and integrates seamlessly with local 9-1-1 services.