Brooks Fiber And Nynex Sign Co-Carrier Agreement

January 3, 1996

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Competition for Local Dial-tone One Step Closer in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, MA -- Brooks Fiber Communications and
NYNEX have reached an interim agreement on terms for Brooks Fiber's
interconnection with NYNEX's local exchange network in Massachusetts.
The interim agreement will be filed with the Massachusetts Department
of Public Utilities (DPU). It is known as an interim agreement
because it was reached while the DPU has been considering the
terms and conditions under which competing carriers will interconnect.
DPU orders will then supersede the interim agreement. By negotiating
an interim agreement now, Brooks can begin its entry into competitive
markets before the DPU docket is completed in mid-1996.

The agreement specifies the manner in which the Brooks and NYNEX
networks will interconnect for the purpose of handing-off, or
"terminating," local calls to one another, as well as
the rates for reciprocal monetary compensation for such termination.
The agreement also spells-out an interim "number portability"
arrangement, which will allow customers to switch local carriers
without having to switch local phone numbers. Switched services
is the process of providing dial tone, call routing -- or switching
-- individual calls on demand, metering those calls for billing
purposes, and rendering billing.

"The NYNEX co-carrier agreement was the last major hurdle
in providing local dial-tone in Springfield," said Robert
J. Shanahan, vice president-northeast region, Brooks Fiber Communications.
"We've built a state-of-the-art fiber-optic network in Springfield
and ordered a state-of-the-art AT&T switch. We expect to introduce
local telecommunications competition in Springfield in early 1996.

"The stage for local telecommunications competition was set
way back in 1985," Shanahan added, "when the DPU announced
it would permit unrestricted competition in Massachusetts telecommunications.
As competitive service providers like Brooks ramp-up operations
in Massachusetts markets, we'll bring new jobs, economic development,
improvements in telecommunications service, and previously unimagined
price pressures on the telecommunications services businesses
use everyday."

In August, Brooks Fiber ordered a multi-million AT&T 5ESS-2000
switch to serve its Springfield network. Brooks Fiber also confirmed
today that it is "on schedule" to provide competitive
dial tone in the first quarter 1996.

Brooks Fiber is a leading provider of competitive local telecommunications
services in intermediate-sized tier II and tier III U.S. cities.
With networks installed or under development in 24 U.S. cities
and mainland China, the Brooks family of companies is an international
provider of local competitive telecommunications.

The company provides its business customers with the most advanced
and reliable high-capacity voice, video, data and other enhanced
services on the market. Brooks
Fiber is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.

NYNEX is a global communications and media company that provides
a full range of services in the northeastern United States and
high-growth markets around the world, including the United Kingdom,
Thailand, Gibraltar, Greece, Indonesia, the Philippines, Poland,
Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

The Corporation is a leader in the telecommunications, wireless communications,
cable television, directory publishing
and entertainment and information services.

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