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

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

Process Provided Platform for Compromise

March 2, 1999

Media contact: 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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