12.05.1996Corporate

Bell Atlantic, WinStar Agree on Interconnection Terms


Bell Atlantic, WinStar Agree on Interconnection Terms

Pacts cover Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.


Dec. 5, 1996







Media contacts:

Paul Miller 804-772-1460

"mailto:miller@ba.com">miller@ba.com


ARLINGTON, Va. - Bell Atlantic announced today
comprehensive
interconnection agreements with WinStar Communications, Inc. The
pacts are the seventh in a series of Bell Atlantic interconnection
agreements, most of which cover multiple jurisdictions.


The agreements with WinStar provide for interconnection of the two
companies' facilities in New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and the
District of Columbia. The companies signed a similar agreement
covering Bell
Atlantic-Pennsylvania
last week. WinStar, a New
York-based company, provides local telecommunications services over
microwave, using the 38 gigahertz frequency band.


The WinStar agreements are further evidence that, contrary to the
claims of some long distance companies, Bell Atlantic is continuing to
negotiate and implement comprehensive interconnection agreements with
competing local carriers. "We hope to sign additional agreements with
others in the near term. Local competition is expanding and we're on
our way to offering long distance service," said Bell Atlantic Vice
Chairman James
G. Cullen
.


Today's agreements, like the earlier ones, meet the 14-point checklist
of the Telecommunications Act. The agreements bring Bell Atlantic a
significant step closer to offering a full package of local and long
distance services to its customers. The company expects to seek
authority to provide long distance service in its region by the middle
of next year.


Since passage of the telecommunications legislation early this year,
Bell Atlantic operating companies have also forged agreements with
Commonwealth Communications, Inc., , Commonwealth Long Distance,
Eastern TeleLogic, Jones Telecommunications, MFS Communications, and
Residential Communications Network. Negotiations continue with a
number of other facilities-based and resale-based competing local
carriers.


The agreements cover the comprehensive interconnection arrangements
that Bell Atlantic and WinStar will use to interconnect their networks
and exchange traffic. Among other items, the agreements call for:



  • reciprocal per-minute charges of $.003-.005 for the completion of
    local calls originated by the other company's customers (NOTE:
    This charge will not be applied in the District of Columbia unless
    or until an imbalance exists in traffic between the two competing
    companies);


  • access to pieces of Bell Atlantic's network ("unbundled network
    elements") to WinStar at cost-based rates, and


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

Bell Atlantic and WinStar will file the agreements with the
appropriate state commissions for approval. Decisions are expected
within the next two to three months. Meanwhile, both companies will
begin implementation activities immediately.


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.


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Bell Atlantic, WinStar Agree on Interconnection Terms

Pacts cover Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.


Dec. 5, 1996







Media contacts:

Paul Miller 804-772-1460

"mailto:miller@ba.com">miller@ba.com


ARLINGTON, Va. - Bell Atlantic announced today
comprehensive
interconnection agreements with WinStar Communications, Inc. The
pacts are the seventh in a series of Bell Atlantic interconnection
agreements, most of which cover multiple jurisdictions.


The agreements with WinStar provide for interconnection of the two
companies' facilities in New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and the
District of Columbia. The companies signed a similar agreement
covering Bell
Atlantic-Pennsylvania
last week. WinStar, a New
York-based company, provides local telecommunications services over
microwave, using the 38 gigahertz frequency band.


The WinStar agreements are further evidence that, contrary to the
claims of some long distance companies, Bell Atlantic is continuing to
negotiate and implement comprehensive interconnection agreements with
competing local carriers. "We hope to sign additional agreements with
others in the near term. Local competition is expanding and we're on
our way to offering long distance service," said Bell Atlantic Vice
Chairman James
G. Cullen
.


Today's agreements, like the earlier ones, meet the 14-point checklist
of the Telecommunications Act. The agreements bring Bell Atlantic a
significant step closer to offering a full package of local and long
distance services to its customers. The company expects to seek
authority to provide long distance service in its region by the middle
of next year.


Since passage of the telecommunications legislation early this year,
Bell Atlantic operating companies have also forged agreements with
Commonwealth Communications, Inc., , Commonwealth Long Distance,
Eastern TeleLogic, Jones Telecommunications, MFS Communications, and
Residential Communications Network. Negotiations continue with a
number of other facilities-based and resale-based competing local
carriers.


The agreements cover the comprehensive interconnection arrangements
that Bell Atlantic and WinStar will use to interconnect their networks
and exchange traffic. Among other items, the agreements call for:



  • reciprocal per-minute charges of $.003-.005 for the completion of
    local calls originated by the other company's customers (NOTE:
    This charge will not be applied in the District of Columbia unless
    or until an imbalance exists in traffic between the two competing
    companies);


  • access to pieces of Bell Atlantic's network ("unbundled network
    elements") to WinStar at cost-based rates, and


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

Bell Atlantic and WinStar will file the agreements with the
appropriate state commissions for approval. Decisions are expected
within the next two to three months. Meanwhile, both companies will
begin implementation activities immediately.


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.


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Bell Atlantic, WinStar Agree on Interconnection Terms

Pacts cover Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.


Dec. 5, 1996







Media contacts:

Paul Miller 804-772-1460

"mailto:miller@ba.com">miller@ba.com


ARLINGTON, Va. - Bell Atlantic announced today
comprehensive
interconnection agreements with WinStar Communications, Inc. The
pacts are the seventh in a series of Bell Atlantic interconnection
agreements, most of which cover multiple jurisdictions.


The agreements with WinStar provide for interconnection of the two
companies' facilities in New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and the
District of Columbia. The companies signed a similar agreement
covering Bell
Atlantic-Pennsylvania
last week. WinStar, a New
York-based company, provides local telecommunications services over
microwave, using the 38 gigahertz frequency band.


The WinStar agreements are further evidence that, contrary to the
claims of some long distance companies, Bell Atlantic is continuing to
negotiate and implement comprehensive interconnection agreements with
competing local carriers. "We hope to sign additional agreements with
others in the near term. Local competition is expanding and we're on
our way to offering long distance service," said Bell Atlantic Vice
Chairman James
G. Cullen
.


Today's agreements, like the earlier ones, meet the 14-point checklist
of the Telecommunications Act. The agreements bring Bell Atlantic a
significant step closer to offering a full package of local and long
distance services to its customers. The company expects to seek
authority to provide long distance service in its region by the middle
of next year.


Since passage of the telecommunications legislation early this year,
Bell Atlantic operating companies have also forged agreements with
Commonwealth Communications, Inc., , Commonwealth Long Distance,
Eastern TeleLogic, Jones Telecommunications, MFS Communications, and
Residential Communications Network. Negotiations continue with a
number of other facilities-based and resale-based competing local
carriers.


The agreements cover the comprehensive interconnection arrangements
that Bell Atlantic and WinStar will use to interconnect their networks
and exchange traffic. Among other items, the agreements call for:



  • reciprocal per-minute charges of $.003-.005 for the completion of
    local calls originated by the other company's customers (NOTE:
    This charge will not be applied in the District of Columbia unless
    or until an imbalance exists in traffic between the two competing
    companies);


  • access to pieces of Bell Atlantic's network ("unbundled network
    elements") to WinStar at cost-based rates, and


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

Bell Atlantic and WinStar will file the agreements with the
appropriate state commissions for approval. Decisions are expected
within the next two to three months. Meanwhile, both companies will
begin implementation activities immediately.


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.


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Bell Atlantic, WinStar Agree on Interconnection Terms

Pacts cover Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.


Dec. 5, 1996







Media contacts:

Paul Miller 804-772-1460

"mailto:miller@ba.com">miller@ba.com


ARLINGTON, Va. - Bell Atlantic announced today
comprehensive
interconnection agreements with WinStar Communications, Inc. The
pacts are the seventh in a series of Bell Atlantic interconnection
agreements, most of which cover multiple jurisdictions.


The agreements with WinStar provide for interconnection of the two
companies' facilities in New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and the
District of Columbia. The companies signed a similar agreement
covering Bell
Atlantic-Pennsylvania
last week. WinStar, a New
York-based company, provides local telecommunications services over
microwave, using the 38 gigahertz frequency band.


The WinStar agreements are further evidence that, contrary to the
claims of some long distance companies, Bell Atlantic is continuing to
negotiate and implement comprehensive interconnection agreements with
competing local carriers. "We hope to sign additional agreements with
others in the near term. Local competition is expanding and we're on
our way to offering long distance service," said Bell Atlantic Vice
Chairman James
G. Cullen
.


Today's agreements, like the earlier ones, meet the 14-point checklist
of the Telecommunications Act. The agreements bring Bell Atlantic a
significant step closer to offering a full package of local and long
distance services to its customers. The company expects to seek
authority to provide long distance service in its region by the middle
of next year.


Since passage of the telecommunications legislation early this year,
Bell Atlantic operating companies have also forged agreements with
Commonwealth Communications, Inc., , Commonwealth Long Distance,
Eastern TeleLogic, Jones Telecommunications, MFS Communications, and
Residential Communications Network. Negotiations continue with a
number of other facilities-based and resale-based competing local
carriers.


The agreements cover the comprehensive interconnection arrangements
that Bell Atlantic and WinStar will use to interconnect their networks
and exchange traffic. Among other items, the agreements call for:



  • reciprocal per-minute charges of $.003-.005 for the completion of
    local calls originated by the other company's customers (NOTE:
    This charge will not be applied in the District of Columbia unless
    or until an imbalance exists in traffic between the two competing
    companies);


  • access to pieces of Bell Atlantic's network ("unbundled network
    elements") to WinStar at cost-based rates, and


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

Bell Atlantic and WinStar will file the agreements with the
appropriate state commissions for approval. Decisions are expected
within the next two to three months. Meanwhile, both companies will
begin implementation activities immediately.


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.


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Bell Atlantic, WinStar Agree on Interconnection Terms

Pacts cover Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.


Dec. 5, 1996







Media contacts:

Paul Miller 804-772-1460

"mailto:miller@ba.com">miller@ba.com


ARLINGTON, Va. - Bell Atlantic announced today
comprehensive
interconnection agreements with WinStar Communications, Inc. The
pacts are the seventh in a series of Bell Atlantic interconnection
agreements, most of which cover multiple jurisdictions.


The agreements with WinStar provide for interconnection of the two
companies' facilities in New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and the
District of Columbia. The companies signed a similar agreement
covering Bell
Atlantic-Pennsylvania
last week. WinStar, a New
York-based company, provides local telecommunications services over
microwave, using the 38 gigahertz frequency band.


The WinStar agreements are further evidence that, contrary to the
claims of some long distance companies, Bell Atlantic is continuing to
negotiate and implement comprehensive interconnection agreements with
competing local carriers. "We hope to sign additional agreements with
others in the near term. Local competition is expanding and we're on
our way to offering long distance service," said Bell Atlantic Vice
Chairman James
G. Cullen
.


Today's agreements, like the earlier ones, meet the 14-point checklist
of the Telecommunications Act. The agreements bring Bell Atlantic a
significant step closer to offering a full package of local and long
distance services to its customers. The company expects to seek
authority to provide long distance service in its region by the middle
of next year.


Since passage of the telecommunications legislation early this year,
Bell Atlantic operating companies have also forged agreements with
Commonwealth Communications, Inc., , Commonwealth Long Distance,
Eastern TeleLogic, Jones Telecommunications, MFS Communications, and
Residential Communications Network. Negotiations continue with a
number of other facilities-based and resale-based competing local
carriers.


The agreements cover the comprehensive interconnection arrangements
that Bell Atlantic and WinStar will use to interconnect their networks
and exchange traffic. Among other items, the agreements call for:



  • reciprocal per-minute charges of $.003-.005 for the completion of
    local calls originated by the other company's customers (NOTE:
    This charge will not be applied in the District of Columbia unless
    or until an imbalance exists in traffic between the two competing
    companies);


  • access to pieces of Bell Atlantic's network ("unbundled network
    elements") to WinStar at cost-based rates, and


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

Bell Atlantic and WinStar will file the agreements with the
appropriate state commissions for approval. Decisions are expected
within the next two to three months. Meanwhile, both companies will
begin implementation activities immediately.


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.


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