July 16, 1996
CONTACT: Bob Varettoni, New York, 212-395-2283
Jack Hoey, Boston, 617-743-4760
NYNEX FILES TO ARBITRATE DISPUTES WITH TELEPORT COMMUNICATIONS GROUP IN EFFORT
TO COMPLY WITH TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1996
NEW YORK, NY -- NYNEX announced that it will file
requests today for arbitration with regulatory authorities in New York,
Massachusetts and Rhode Island in efforts to resolve issues it has encountered
in negotiating interconnection agreements with Teleport Communications Group
(TCG) to promote competition for local telephone services.
NYNEX has been engaged in negotiations with TCG and more than a dozen other
telecommunications carriers in order to complete the interconnection agreements
required to meet the 14-point checklist detailed in the Telecommunications Act
of 1996 -- one of the requirements for NYNEX's entry into the long-distance
market in the Northeast.
According to Jack Goldberg, NYNEX Vice President - Wholesale Markets, these
negotiated interconnection agreements should be a straightforward expansion of
similar arrangements NYNEX reached with TCG in New York in 1994 and
Massachusetts last year to connect the two companies' telephone networks.
"We'd prefer to complete these agreements through good faith negotiations,"
Goldberg said. "But if negotiations prove unproductive, we'll seek arbitration
to help bring the negotiations to a conclusion."
He added, "We're prepared to go to arbitration to resolve disputes with any
carrier to expedite our compliance with the Telecommunications Act."
This is the first time NYNEX has filed for arbitration with another carrier.
Between 135 and 160 days after a carrier formally requests to begin
negotiations with a state's incumbent local telecommunications carrier the
parties may request arbitration to resolve open issues. TCG and MFS
Communications Company both made requests to begin negotiations with NYNEX on
Feb. 8 with a deadline of July 17 to seek arbitration. NYNEX announced the
signing of a comprehensive interconnection agreement with MFS on June 27.
Separately, NYNEX announced July 10 that it had signed agreements with
Frontier Corp., the fifth largest long-distance company in the country, and USN
Communications (U.S. Network Corp.) to resell local telephone services in New
York beginning Oct. 1.
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
company is a leader in telecommunications, wireless communications, directory
publishing and video entertainment and information services.
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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