NYNEX and Freedom Ring Communications Agree to Interconnect Networks in Maine and New Hampshire

August 27, 1996

CONTACTS: Maine - Peter Kovach (207) 797-1081; New Hampshire - Erle Pierce (603) 641-1651

NYNEX and Freedom Ring Communications Agree to Interconnect Networks in Maine and New Hampshire

NYNEX today announced the signing of an agreement with Freedom
Ring Communications to interconnect the companies telephone networks in
Maine and New Hampshire.

The agreement will help NYNEX enter the long distance market in
its home territory.

NYNEX now has signed interconection agreements in five of its
states. Those states are Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and
Vermont. In Rhode Island, NYNEX has an interim agreement in place and is
now negotiating a full agreement. NYNEX also serves Byram and Greenwich,

The agreements were designed to meet the 14-point checklist
contained in the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Compliance with the
checklist is one of the requirements for entry into the long distance
market in NYNEXs home territory.

The agreement spells out terms and conditions for how the
companies will interconnect their networks and exchange calls. It
addresses issues including reciprocal compensation for terminating calls
and number portability.

Mike McCluskey, NYNEX vice president for New Hampshire, said,
"This agreement will allow NYNEX to seize new opportunities, not only in
interstate long distance but also in a flourishing new 'wholesale' market."

"Agreements like this one bring NYNEX a step closer to entering
new lines of business that will help our company grow in Maine and
throughout the Northeast," said Ed Dinan, NYNEX vice president for Maine.

Freedom Ring Communications is a limited liability partnership of Saco River Telegraph and Telephone Company of Bar Mills, Maine, and ACN
Inc. of Farmington, New Hampshire.

NYNEX is a global communications and media company that provides a full range of services in the northeastern United States and high-growth markets around the world, including the United Kingdom, Thailand, Gibraltar, Greece, Indonesia, the Philippines, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

The Corporation is a leader in the telecommunications, wireless communications, cable television, directory publishing and entertainment and information services.

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