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GTE introduces long-distance service in Ohio

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IRVING, Texas -- GTE today began offering long-distance (interLATA) service to consumers in Ohio. The new offering, marketed under the name GTE Easy Savings Plan(SM) currently is available to customers in 21 states.

"The Telecommunications Act of 1996 now makes it easier for companies like GTE to deliver expanded services to customers," said Rob McCoy, president for GTE Long Distance. "At GTE, we promised we would be quick to market once the bill became law, and we are making making good on that promise.

"Customers are signing up for GTE Long Distance because we offer them what they want: savings, simplicity, competitive rates, and -- just as important -- quality and reliable service they can count on," McCoy said.

GTE was the first major telecommunications company to begin offering long-distance (interLATA) services to its local-service customers as allowed under The Telecommunications Act of 1996, signed into law in February. GTE began offering long-distance service on March 4, and plans to offer it by year-end in all 50 states.

One of the largest publicly held telecommunications companies in the world, GTE is the largest U.S.-based local telephone company and a leading cellular-service provider -- with wireline and wireless operations that form a market area covering about one-third of the country's population.