February 18, 1997
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NYNEX Files to Offer Long Distance Service in New York State
ALBANY, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 18,
1997--Beginning its drive to offer customers in New York
State more choice for long-distance communications service,
NYNEX today filed with the New York Public Service
Commission (NYPSC) a draft application for entry into the
long-distance telephone market in New York State.
The Telecommunications Act of 1996
spelled out the terms under which companies such as NYNEX
could provide long-distance telecommunications services to
customers in their own regions. The law states that local
telephone companies like NYNEX can provide long-distance
service once they have complied with all the requirements of
the Act including a 14-point checklist of requirements to
open their local markets to competition and secured FCC
"Today, NYNEX is taking an important
step in our goal to offer customers of New York State a full
array of communications services including both local and
long-distance service," said Don Reed, NYNEX President and
Group Executive. "This informational filing with the New
York Public Service Commission kicks off the official review
process for our entry into long distance in New York. We
fully expect that during the sixty-day review period with
the PSC, NYNEX will make modifications and additions to the
application so that by early April, when we file our
application with the Federal Communications Commission, we
will be in a position to meet all the requirements necessary
to receive approval to enter the long-distance market in New
Long before the Telecommunications Act
of 1996 was enacted into law, NYNEX and New York State's
competition-oriented Public Service Commission adopted
pro-competitive policies that have made the local telephone
market in New York State one of the most accessible and
competitive in the country.
NYNEX was the first Regional Bell
Operating Company (RBOC) to:
- negotiate interconnection agreements
- provide competitors unbundled access
to its network
- provide physical collocation in its
- assign telephone numbers to local
- provide reciprocal compensation to
competitive local exchange carriers for completing calls
- implement intraLATA toll
Since the passage of the Act, NYNEX is
the first RBOC to establish an electronic operating support
system for resale services and establish a comprehensive
resale center to meet the needs of new market entrants
buying services from NYNEX on a resale basis -- two key
requirements necessary to meet the 14-point checklist.
NYNEX previously filed with the NYPSC a
Statement of Generally Available Terms and Conditions under
which it will provide NYNEX facilities and services to
telecommunications carriers as required by the 14-point
checklist. These Terms and Conditions demonstrate that all
barriers to entry to the local market have been removed.
Pending approval of the Terms and Conditions by the NYPSC,
NYNEX will provide new market entrants any service they need
to enter the local market on an individual contract basis
under the terms outlined in the Terms and Conditions.
Reed noted, "Here are the facts: Fifty
wireline carriers and 23 wireless carriers are certified by
the NYPSC to provide competitive local exchange services in
New York. Since we opened our Resale Center in New York four
months ago, we've processed thousands of orders for resold
lines and unbundled loops. And, NYNEX has provided 160
blocks of telephone numbers to local exchange competitors.
The development of competition in New York clearly
demonstrates that the barriers are down.
"This filing is very comprehensive.
We're taking a systematic, well-reasoned, measured approach
that will maximize the probability that we'll succeed the
first time through the regulatory review process.
"To those competitors who will express
opposition to this filing, I say, the market is open, it's
now up to you to come in and compete," Reed added.
NYNEX is a global communications and
media corporation 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 telecommunications, wirefree communications, directory
publishing and video entertainment and information services.
NYNEX is also managing sponsor of FLAG -- Fiberoptic Link
Around the Globe -- the world's longest undersea fiber optic
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