Bell Atlantic, C-TEC Agree to Interconnect Networks in Four States and Washington, D.C.

Bell Atlantic, C-TEC Agree to Interconnect Networks in
Four States and Washington, D.C.

Pact Squelches Unsubstantiated Charges by Long-Distance

November 4, 1996

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ARLINGTON, Va. - Bell Atlantic today signed five more
agreements with C-TEC Services , Inc., demonstrating that-- despite
self-serving charges by the long distance giants-- it is moving
swiftly to toward local telephone competition. Bell Atlantic now has
16 such agreements in place with its competitors, and the company is
actively negotiating with a number of others.

Today's C-TEC agreements are with Bell Atlantic's local telephone
companies in New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Washington,
D.C. Last week, the two firms HREF="http://www.ba.com/nr/96/oct/ctec-pa.htm">announced a similar
agreement in

"The long-distance companies can kick and scream all they want about
how we're blocking their entry and how we're not serious about
negotiations. And while they make their fuss, we'll just continue as
we have been all along, quietly negotiating with those who truly want
to negotiate. The best answer to their claims are the agreements we
have in place," said HREF="http://www.ba.com/homes/rabe.html">Eric Rabe, Bell Atlantic's
Assistant Vice
President-Corporate Communications.

The agreements meet the 14-point checklist of the Telecommunications
Act, as well as requirements established by the Federal
Communications Commission. The agreements bring Bell Atlantic a
significant step closer to achieving authority to offer a full package
of local and long-distance services to its customers.

Specifically, Bell Atlantic's agreements signed today are with
Residential Communications Network and Commonwealth Long Distance.
Both are units of C-TEC.

Today's pacts cover the comprehensive interconnection arrangements
that Bell Atlantic and C-TEC will follow to interconnect their
networks and exchange traffic. Among other items, the agreements call

  • reciprocal per-minute charges of $.003-.005 for the completion of
    local calls originated by the other company's customers;

  • access to pieces of Bell Atlantic's network ("unbundled network
    elements"), and

  • the ability of customers to switch from one company to another
    without having to change telephone numbers.

"These agreements will benefit both consumers and the companies
involved. We're now a step closer to bringing true competition to the
long-distance market in our region," Rabe said.

Bell Atlantic and C-TEC will file the agreements with regulators in
the affected jurisdictions for approval. Decisions are expected by
the end of January. However, the agreements are effective

Bell Atlantic Corporation (NYSE:
BEL) is at the forefront of the new
communications, entertainment and information industry. In the
mid-Atlantic region, the company is the premier provider of local
telecommunications and advanced services. Globally, it is one of the
largest investors in the high-growth wireless communication
marketplace. Bell Atlantic also owns a substantial interest in
Telecom Corporation of New Zealand and is actively developing
high-growth national and international business opportunities in all
phases of the industry.