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Bell Atlantic Prepared For Local Competition
August 6, 1997
Background: Today, PEPCO and RCN Corporation announced they have
formed a joint venture that will compete with Bell Atlantic to provide
local telephone service in Washington, D.C. The venture will provide
local, long distance, Internet and value-added services, like Caller
ID, to residential customers. The following statement should be
attributed to Bell Atlantic - Washington President and CEO William
Freeman in response to today's announcement.
"We are not at all surprised by today's announcement. This is exactly
what the Telecommunications Act intended, and we have been preparing
to compete for some time.
"While a company like MCI masks its business failures by accusing us
of impeding competition and protecting our monopoly, and then drags
its feet when it comes to entering local markets and serving
residential customers, other firms are finding ways to compete with us
to provide a full array of services to residential consumers.
"Bell Atlantic's recent commitments to the FCC demonstrate that we
have the most progressive approach in the country to opening local
markets to competition. Today's announcement is yet another example
of why we should now be allowed to provide long distance services."