Bell Atlantic Says AT&T Is Desperate To Maintain Stranglehold on Consumers

Full Transparency

More of our content is being permanently logged via blockchain technology starting [10.23.2020].

Learn more

We're committed to building trust.

Going forward more of our content will be permanently logged via blockchain technology—enabling us to provide greater transparency with authoritative verification on all changes made to official releases.

Learn more

Bell Atlantic Says AT&T Is Desperate
To Maintain Stranglehold on Consumers

Response Filed As AT&T Seeks Stay of FCC Ruling

December 27, 1999

Media
contact:

Susan Butta,
202-336-7883

Background -- After years of exhaustive review by both the New York
Public Service Commission (PSC) and the Federal Communication
Commission (FCC), Bell Atlantic was granted permission by the FCC to
enter the long distance market in New York State on Dec. 22. On Dec. 23
AT&T asked the FCC to stay the decision and said that it plans to ask the
United States Court of Appeals for a stay at the end of the day today.
Today Bell Atlantic filed its response to AT&T's request for a stay. The
following statement may be attributed to Michael E. Glover, associate
general counsel for Bell Atlantic.

AT&T's stay request is just a last gasp effort to delay the inevitable long
distance competition that it has tenaciously fought to block by every
possible means. It makes clear that AT&T is desperate to maintain a
stranglehold on New York consumers.

This in no way affects our plans to begin providing long distance service
next week. We are confident that AT&T's request to put long distance
competition on hold will be denied. AT&T's motion merely rehashes the
same tired claims that were exhaustively considered the New York PSC
and the FCC, and were rejected on the merits.

The facts are simple. The local market in New York is open to all
competitors that wish to provide local telephone service to consumers, and
all three major long distance incumbents already offer a bundled package
of local and long distance services. The Telecommunications Act of 1996
is clear: once this record has been established and proven to state and
federal regulators, Bell Atlantic has earned the right to offer long distance
service to those same consumers.

Now that Bell Atlantic has been allowed to enter the long distance market
in New York, consumers will reap the benefits. Delaying true competition
by even one day at the behest of AT&T will harm consumers and deprive
them of real choice in local and long distance telecommunications
providers.

Related Articles

02.15.2021

Virtual Reality (VR) has begun to transform medicine in profound ways. VR solutions are being used to train doctors and to plan and practice operations.

10.23.2020

Verizon’s military discounts site shows everything you need to know about Wireless offers, FiOS savings and military career opportunities, all in one place, making it simple for service members and veterans to discover what Verizon has to offer.