12.03.1996Corporate

Bell Atlantic Responds to D.C. Public Service Commission's Ruling on Telephone Competition


Bell Atlantic Responds to D.C. Public Service Commission's Ruling on
Telephone Competition


December 3, 1996







Media contacts:

Michel Daley 202-392-1021

"mailto:michel.l.daley@bell-atl.com">michel.l.daley@bell-atl.com




The District of Columbia Public Service Commission (PSC) late
yesterday (Dec. 2) issued an order describing the terms and conditions
for introducing local telephone competition in Washington, D.C. The
order requires Bell Atlantic to offer an interim 24.7 percent
wholesale discount on the company's retail prices to resellers that
want to provide telephone service in the District. In response to the
order, William
Freeman
, president and CEO of Bell Atlantic -
Washington, made the following statement:



The PSC established an interim wholesale discount rate that is too
high. The excessive discount only clears the way for resellers with
deep-pockets, like AT&T, MCI and Sprint, to enter the local market
without having to create jobs or invest in the city. At the same
time these companies are raising their long-distance prices, they
stand ready to rob the District of substantial economic development
benefits by not building their own networks here.


However, this is an interim decision that was driven by short
deadlines specified in the 1996 Telecommunications Act. The
Commission still has the opportunity to remedy the decision when it
chooses a final wholesale discount rate in another proceeding. We are
confident that when the PSC takes a closer look at the facts, its
final discount rate will meet the requirements of our new
telecommunications law and encourage continued and new investment in
the District.


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