Bell Atlantic Signs 30th Interconnection Agreement One Year After Telecommunications Act

Bell Atlantic Signs 30th Interconnection Agreement One Year After
Telecommunications Act

Company to Connect with TCG in Four States and Washington, D.C.

February 10, 1997

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ARLINGTON, Va. -- Competition for local phone service
in the
mid-Atlantic states became even more evident today, as Bell Atlantic
announced a series of agreements to connect its network with that of
Teleport Communications Group (TCG). Since the signing of the
Telecommunications Act a year ago, Bell Atlantic now has 30 such
agreements, and more are on the way.

The latest agreements are between TCG and Bell Atlantic's phone
companies in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and the
District of Columbia. Bell Atlantic and eight companies have now
signed pacts that spell out the terms for interconnecting their

"There should be no question that Bell Atlantic is dead serious
meeting the spirit and intent of the Telecommunications Act. I'm
delighted at how far we've come in the past year," said HREF="http://www.ba.com/speeches/profiles/hanley.html">Pat Hanley,
president of Bell Atlantic Carrier Services.

The agreements with TCG, which take effect immediately, outline in
detail such things as how much one company will pay the other for
completing its calls, the printing of directory listings, and how
customers will be able to take their phone number with them as they
switch from one local phone company to another.

In addition to TCG, Bell Atlantic has comprehensive interconnection
agreements with Commonwealth Communications, C-TEC, Eastern
TeleLogic, Hyperion, Jones Communications, MFS and WinStar.

Bell Atlantic has also proposed terms and conditions that competing
companies must meet to buy services from Bell Atlantic off the shelf
without having to negotiate individual agreements. Statements of
these "generally available terms and conditions" have been
filed with
the seven local regulatory commissions in Bell Atlantic's service

Under the terms of the Telecommunications Act, Bell Atlantic may seek
permission to enter the long-distance business in its service area
when it meets a 14-point checklist. Hanley said he expects the
company will do so in the next several months.

Bell Atlantic Corp. (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.