Telephone Rates Reduced

Faculty, staff and students who make international telephone calls are seeing reduced rates for the 10 countries most often called from BC and new peak and off-peak calling times for all countries.

The rate changes took effect Jan. 27.

According to Jeanne Spellman, personal computing systems manager in Information Technology, the change in peak and off-peak calling times is the result of new Federal Communications Commission regulations, which stipulate that these times must be standardized for all long-distance carriers.

In addition, Boston College has negotiated lower international rates for the 10 countries most frequently called from campus. They are Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

The cost to call these countries will be reduced by at least five cents per minute, a 30 percent reduction, and the rate will be the same at all times of the day and night.

A new World Wide Web site details the new peak and off-peak hours for all countries and has more information on the rate change.

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