TALLAHASSEE,BellSouth has moved one step closer to being allowed to offer long-distance service across its entire service area after the Florida Public Service Commission ruled Monday in favor of the move.

“With the Florida Commission’s approval, BellSouth/Florida’s next step is to ask for approval to provide long distance service from the federal Communications Commission,” the company said in a statement.

BellSouth already is offering long distance to business and consumer customers in Georgia and Louisiana. It also has received approval from the state of North Carolina.