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East Carbon changes telephone companies


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By C.J. McMANUS
Sun Advocate associate editor

Expecting to save the city government more than $1,000 per month, the East Carbon City Council voted last night to change the municipality's telecommunications and Internet provider.

After giving each council member a packet detailing the city's phone and Internet plan, East Carbon Mayor Doug Parsons explained that the town was currently paying more than $1,300 a month to Emery Telcom for its services. In the same packet he provided a quote from Max Technologies which would change the town's monthly charge to for phone and web $160.

"I got ahold of Max Technologies and there will be some initial up front costs to change the service over," he said. "But it looks like it's a good savings for the city compared to what we are paying now."

Up-front costs

A more detailed outlay of the costs given by East Carbon City Recorder Liz Marquez, shows that the city will pay approximately $2,500 to acquire new business phone licenses, secure multiple microwave links and microwave back-halls and have the whole system set up and mounted. From that point forward, the town will be charged $160 per month for phone and internet service, according to the quote she had.

Parsons and other members of the council had learned of the service from Carbon Medical, which switched its plan to a Max Technologies hosted service several months ago.

"We were paying almost $3,000 a month between Emery Telcom, MCI and Avaya," said Carbon Medical Finance Director Mimi Trujillo. "We had to find a way to cut back on those costs."

Trujillo did state that there were some initial problems with the phone system but also reported that they were quickly handled by Max Technologies, which is based near Carbon Medical in East Carbon.

"I think when you make any major change your are going to deal with some issues, but right now, I would say their service is fabulous," she said over the phone on Wednesday. "It's been three months that we have had this system now and it's working very well."

Carbon Medical now pays $200 monthly for Internet and phone service.

Following East Carbon Mayor's introduction of the issue, the council members briefly discussed the cost savings they would see, and unanimously voted to change their service.

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