News Release

Bell Atlantic Responds to MCI Allegations

October 23, 1997

Susan Butta
202-336-7883

The following statement is issued in response to MCI's letter to the FCC stating that Bell Atlantic is thwarting competition in the local market. This statement may be attributed to Thomas J. Tauke, senior vice president government relations, Bell Atlantic Corporation and Edward D. Young, III, senior vice president and associate general counsel for Bell Atlantic Corporation:

Why would MCI target Bell Atlantic in an attack like this? After all, Bell Atlantic is the company with the most competition already occurring in its territory. Bell Atlantic is the single company that has specific signed commitments with the FCC guaranteeing an open local telecommunications market. And Bell Atlantic is the company that is ready to meet the Telecom Act checklist and qualify to enter long-distance.

MCI, having just announced another poor showing in quarterly earnings, is clearly terrified of the thought of a real competitor in the long-distance market, and is putting on the full court press to keep Bell Atlantic out.

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