NYNEX Files Brief in Appeal of FCC Interconnection Order

November 18, 1996

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NYNEX Files Brief in Appeal of FCC Interconnection Order

NEW YORK-- On Monday, November 18, 1996, NYNEX filed its opening brief of appeal with the United States 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis asking the court to overturn portions of the Federal Communications Commission's August 8, 1996 Interconnection Order. The following statement regarding this action should be attributed to Saul Fisher, vice president, NYNEX Legal.

"NYNEX strongly supports the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and embraces the fully competitive marketplace it establishes. By filing this brief we hope to focus the court's attention on the most important issues in the case.

"For the past several years, NYNEX and the states where we operate have made great strides in opening local lecommunications markets in the Northeast to competition. NYNEX urges the court to vacate those portions of the FCC's rules that are clearly unlawful and that could delay the progress being made at the state level. If there are other areas of the rules where the court finds the FCC has not demonstrated that it is applying the telecommunications Act as Congress intended, we urge the court to remand those rules to the FCC for further consideration.

"By challenging selected provisions of the FCC Order, we hope to restore the flexibility and balance present in the Telecommunications Act and to meet the Congressional goal of promoting competition in all areas of the telecommunications industry as quickly as possible."

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