February 14, 1997
CONTACT:Bob Varettoni 212-395-0500
NYNEX Seeks New York PSC's Aid in Reaching Interconnection Agreement with AT&T
New York, New York -- NYNEX today
appealed to the New York Public Service Commission for
further assistance in its year-long effort to reach an
interconnection agreement with AT&T.
The company said in the letter it was
"deeply concerned" that -- given the current state of
negotiations -- an agreement was unlikely anytime soon
unless the PSC stepped in and helped resolve issues the
companies have been unable to resolve
Talks aimed at reaching an
interconnection agreement with AT&T began in March of
last year and continued after the parties filed for
arbitration in August. Even though the PSC issued an order
in late November resolving outstanding issues, the companies
have not been able to agree on contract language for all of
those issues, and AT&T has raised others that were not
part of the arbitration proceeding.
"If AT&T truly wished to enter the
local market in New York, it would join the company in
accepting the pending proposal and get on with providing
consumers another choice for local service," said Jack
Goldberg, NYNEX vice president - Wholesale Markets.
"Instead, AT&T is trying to use the lack of an
interconnection agreement as a means of trying to keep NYNEX
out of the long distance market in New York."
In the letter, the company proposes
specific action steps that could break the deadlock between
the parties and result in a final agreement within 60 days.
The company said it has sent a separate letter to AT&T
inviting the long distance carrier to join in its request
for PSC intervention.
The Telecommunications Act requires
NYNEX and the other regional Bell companies to satisfy a
14-point checklist before they are allowed to provide long
distance service in their local markets. Allowing new
entrants to compete in their home regions through
interconnection agreements is an important element of the
NYNEX and the PSC have led the industry
in creating an environment in New York State that is fully
open to competition. For example, NYNEX was the first
regional Bell company to negotiate interconnection
agreements, provide competitors unbundled access to its
network and allow rivals to "collocate" their phone wires in
its telephone buildings.
NYNEX is a global communications and
media corporation 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 telecommunications, wirefree communications, directory
publishing and video entertainment and information services.
NYNEX is also managing sponsor of FLAG -- Fiberoptic Link
Around the Globe -- the worlds longest undersea fiber optic