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Bell Atlantic and MCI Sign Interconnection Agreement in New York
New York Is First Bell Atlantic State to Sign with Three Largest
Carriers, Paving Way for More Competition in Long-Distance Market
September 3, 1997
NEW YORK CITY-- Bell Atlantic Corp. (NYSE:BEL) today announced
that a signed interconnection agreement with MCI has been
submitted to the New York State Public Service Commission for
approval, a move that further positions Bell Atlantic to move
ahead with plans to enter the long-distance market in the state.
New York is the first state in Bell Atlantic territory in which the
company has signed interconnection agreements with all three of the
largest long-distance carriers. The agreements with AT&T
(announced May 20), Sprint (Aug. 28) and MCI are expected to help
satisfy federal requirements that will allow Bell Atlantic to file
for approval to offer long-distance service to New York consumers.
"This is another competitive milestone for Bell Atlantic," said
Jack Goldberg, president - Telecommunications Industry Services
at Bell Atlantic. "We continue to sign agreement after agreement
with companies large and small in the spirit of open markets. This
positions us well for entry into the long-distance market in our
home region while, at the same time, we are building a robust local
Today's interconnection agreement is the fifth between Bell Atlantic
and MCI specifying the terms and conditions under which Bell Atlantic
is opening local markets to competition. Previously, the companies
have signed similar pacts in Virginia (announced June 23), New Jersey
and Pennsylvania (July 10), and Washington, D.C. (July 29).
This is the 30th agreement for Bell Atlantic in New York. Bell Atlantic
has signed more than 260 agreements in its 13-state domestic wireline
Pending approval by the Public Service Commission, the Bell Atlantic
and MCI interconnection agreement in New York will become effective
within 30 days of today's filing.
The new Bell Atlantic -- formed through the merger of Bell Atlantic
and NYNEX -- is at the forefront of the new communications, information
and entertainment industry. With 40 million telephone access lines
and 5.5 million wireless customers worldwide, Bell Atlantic companies
are premier providers of advanced wireline voice and data services,
market leaders in wireless services and the world's largest publishers
of directory information. Bell Atlantic companies are also among the
world's largest investors in high-growth global communications markets,
with operations and investments in 21 countries.