Thursday, August 2, 2001
Commissioners expect to save nearly $28,000 a year on phone bills.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Mahoning County commissioners are hanging up on their telephone service provider.
They were expected to vote today to terminate the county's phone service contract with Adelphia Business Solutions and sign on with Ameritech.
County Administrator Gary Kubic said the switch should save the county about $27,600 a year.
The county dropped Ameritech in favor of Adelphia last year after the company promised a savings of 15 to 20 percent on phone bills.
Kubic said Adelphia delivered savings, but Ameritech has come back with a discount package that matches that amount plus about $2,300 a month.
The transition back to Ameritech is scheduled for Sept. 1.
Better service: Commissioner Vicki Allen Sherlock said the county won't have to pay for the changeover and will end up with better service.
For one thing, Ameritech provided the county with a detailed inventory of all telephone circuits and lines. Officials can identify whether there are any phone lines not being used and eliminate them if they are not needed, which will result in part of the savings, Kubic said.
The county is billed for all of its 600 phone lines, regardless of whether they are being used.
"We now know exactly what we have, what we need and what we don't need," he said.