February 29, 1996
TO ENTER LOCAL PHONE MARKETS
AT&T announced today that it filed applications to provide local telephone service in four Bell Atlantic states: Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia. The following statement should be attributed to James G. Cullen, vice chairman - Bell Atlantic Corp.:
Today's news comes as no surprise - it's a natural result of the recently enacted telecommunications reform legislation.
AT&T faces a daunting challenge ahead. The company will be going after a loyal group of customers largely satisfied with the quality of their local Bell Atlantic service.
We wonder, however, whether AT&T is speaking with its 'true voice.' Just this week, AT&T's chairman called on the long distance giants to band together once again and prepare for what he called "contentious battles" at the FCC over the rules that will allow the Bell companies into long distance. Consumers should ask themselves whether AT&T actually is trying to protect its oligopoly with MCI and Sprint, or whether it's really serious about offering customers new choices. We stand ready to work with the FCC to make real choice a reality.
Bell Atlantic Corporation (NYSE: BEL) is at the forefront of the new communications, entertainment and information industry. In the mid-Atlantic region, the company is the premier provider of local telecommunications and advanced services. Globally, it is one of the largest investors in the high-growth wireless communication marketplace. Bell Atlantic also owns a substantial interest in Telecom Corporation of New Zealand and is actively developing high-growth national and international business opportunities in all phases of the industry.
for more information, contact:
- Shannon Fioravanti, 703-974-5455
In Delaware: Ells Edwards, 302-576-5340
In Virginia: Paul Miller, 804-772-1460
In West Virginia: Harry Mitchell, 304-344-7562