Bell Atlantic Responds to Expiration of Deadline In PUC's Global Settlement Process

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Bell Atlantic Responds to Expiration of Deadline
In PUC's Global Settlement Process

Process Provided Platform for Compromise

March 2, 1999


Sharon Shaffer,
215-963-6200 or 412-633-5574

BACKGROUND -- The deadline for conclusion of the Pennsylvania Public
Utility Commission's (PUC's) Global Settlement expired late yesterday.
At that time, the PUC issued a revised set of proposed terms on
several key issues. The PUC established the Global Settlement to
resolve a number of pending telecommunications issues in Pennsylvania.
The following may be attributed to Daniel J. Whelan, president and CEO
of Bell Atlantic - Pennsylvania:

"The Global Settlement Process brought together many parties
with very different ideas about how best to bring competition for all
telecommunications services to Pennsylvanians. We commend the PUC's
leadership in this effort.

"For those truly interested in developing a plan for competition in
Pennsylvania, the expiration of the Global Settlement's deadline changes
nothing. We believe that significant progress was made, and the
commission's latest terms represent a compromise of the positions of a
diverse group on the outstanding issues. Bell Atlantic continues to work
with the parties and expects to reach agreement with many of them on the
critical issues as quickly as possible. Pennsylvanians deserve no less."

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