Nynex Agreement With Brooks Fiber To Bring More Phone Competition To Springfield, Massachusetts

January 3, 1996

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Nynex Agreement With Brooks Fiber To Bring More Phone Competition
To Springfield, Massachusetts

SPRINGFIELD, MA -- NYNEX has signed an interconnection
agreement with Brooks Fiber Communications that is expected to
further increase competition for local telecommunications services

It is the fourth such agreement NYNEX has signed in Massachusetts.
It defines the financial and technical terms under which the companies
will interconnect their networks, exchange telephone traffic and
compensate each other for handling local calls.

"Competition will benefit customers as only the free market
can -- with greater choices and the best prices," said NYNEX
Public Affairs Director Mike Pequignot.

According to William J. McIntyre, NYNEX state vice-president --
Massachusetts, regulators here were among the first in the nation
to recognize that competition is the best way to achieve public
policy goals for telecommunications.

"Governor Weld's administration has been a strong advocate
of competition as the most effective way to bring Massachusetts
the economic advantages of a thriving telecommunications sector,"
McIntyre said.

"The agreement underscores NYNEX's commitment to competition
for local telecommunications services," McIntyre said. "It
further demonstrates that the artificial barriers keeping NYNEX
from competing in other markets are obsolete."

NYNEX signed interconnection agreements earlier this year in Massachusetts
with Teleport Communications Group, MFSI Intelinet of Massachusetts
and another carrier.

Competition dockets to resolve pricing, number portability and
other interconnection issues are now before regulators in Maine,
Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.

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