July 25, 1997
Background: Earlier today, AT&T filed an interconnection agreement it had been negotiating with Bell Atlantic-New Jersey. The long distance giant filed the agreement with the state Board of Public Utilities (BPU) without Bell Atlantic's signature or final approval. The following response may be attributed to Anne S. Babineau, vice president and general counsel, Bell Atlantic - New Jersey.
"The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has spoken in establishing rates for Bell Atlantic's competitors. These rates weren't just pulled out of thin air. The board determined the rates based on the actual costs of providing service to our competitors in New Jersey.
Bell Atlantic-New Jersey will not abide by AT&T's effort to make an end run around the BPU. And we will not subsidize the largest telecommunications company in the world."