09.20.1996|Corporate

Delaware Judge Rules Bell Atlantic Can Lower Residential ISDN Rates

!-- BEGIN NR TEXT -->September 20, 1996

Delaware Judge Rules Bell Atlantic Can Lower Residential ISDN Rates

Company Proposed Rate Reductions Pending Appeal of Rate Decision


DOVER, De. -- A Kent County Superior Court judge has granted Bell Atlantic-Delaware permission to reduce rates for Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) telephone service to the home while he reviews the company's appeal of a July 2 rate order by the Delaware Public Service Commission (PSC).

Bell Atlantic asked Judge N. Maxson Terry to allow the company to charge the rates it proposed April 17 to the PSC. The company's proposal would reduce current rates by 15 to 86 percent for residential ISDN, a service that provides high-speed access to the Internet, on-line services and corporate computer networks.

In his ruling, Judge Terry said Bell Atlantic-Delaware may bill customers for the following lower rates as of August 1:

     
20 Hours   -    $31
60 hours   -    $45
140 hours  -    $60
300 hours  -    $90
500 hours  -    $120
Unlimited  -    $248

Customers won't see the new rates on their bills right away. However, they will receive credits for the lower rates back to Aug. 1 at a future date.

"We are pleased by the court ruling, because customers will clearly benefit from lower rates for residential ISDN," said Bell Atlantic-Delaware president Joshua W. Martin III. "Our goal has always been to make ISDN to the home as accessible and affordable as possible while covering the cost of providing the service."

On Aug. 9, the court stayed the PSC's order that rejected the Bell Atlantic rate proposal and set a $28.02 flat rate for residential ISDN service. As a result of this stay, introductory rates that were implemented in November 1995 have remained in effect while the court considered the company's appeal of the PSC decision.

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.

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