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BELL ATLANTIC PROPOSES UPDATED AFFILIATE RULES IN NEW YORK
September 26, 1997
ALBANY, NY -- Bell Atlantic today proposed updating some of
the rules that govern the way the company's local telephone
operation in New York interacts with Bell Atlantic affiliates.
While retaining many of the safeguards contained in the
existing rules, the proposal would give Bell Atlantic more
flexibility to develop, market and sell new services -- including long
distance -- to New York customers.
"In its most recent report on the existing structural rules,
the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) staff concluded
that there should be an immediate and comprehensive review of
those rules," said William Allan, Bell Atlantic vice president
for Regulatory Affairs in New York. "Our filing responds to
that conclusion, as well as to how much the world has changed
since the existing rules were put in place over five years
"With these proposed rules, we will be able to bring all
the advantages of today's competitive telecommunications market
to our customers more quickly, including long distance service,"
Bell Atlantic is now completing the required work that
will enable it to apply to offer long distance service in New
The proposal filed with the PSC today recognizes the
sweeping industry changes brought on by local telephone
competition and the federal Telecommunications Act of 1996.
The proposed plan also takes into account the price, service
quality and network infrastructure requirements contained in
the seven-year Performance Regulatory Plan, under which the
company now operates in New York. That new regulatory
framework was adopted by the PSC in August 1995 and will run
through August 2002.
The proposed organizational plan would still include the
tracking of financial and other transactions between local New
York telephone operations and affiliates. This information would
be made available to the PSC. The proposed plan also carries
forward from the old framework provisions dealing with service
quality, network investment in the state and the existing
Consumer Advisory Council.
At the same time, the proposed plan would provide Bell
Atlantic with more operational flexibility, especially in
delivering and packaging existing and new services for its
customers in the state.
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 worlds largest publishers of directory information.
Bell Atlantic companies are also among the worlds largest
investors in high-growth global communications markets,
with operations and investments in 21 countries.