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August 1, 1996
CONTACT: Joan Jamieson of NYNEX, 802-863-0797, or Bill Wiginton of
NYNEX, Hyperion Reach Interconnection Agreement In Vermont
PITTSBURGH, Aug. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- NYNEX and Hyperion Telecommunications,
Inc. announced today that they have signed Vermont's first local
interconnection agreement, bringing competition for local telephone service to
the state. By connecting their network to NYNEX's network, Hyperion will soon
be able to offer local telephone service to Vermont customers. The agreement
will be filed with the Vermont Public Service Board for its approval.
In addition to introducing competition into Vermont's local
telecommunications market, this agreement to connect the two companies'
telephone networks was designed to meet the 14-point checklist detailed in the
Telecommunications Act of 1996. Before NYNEX can provide long-distance service
originating in a state in its service territory (Maine, Massachusetts, New
Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and a small portion of Connecticut),
NYNEX must meet the checklist in that state. The interconnection agreement
between the two competitors seeks to comply with the points in this checklist
by providing a blueprint for how they will connect their networks.
Among issues addressed in the agreement are reciprocal per-minute charges for
the completion of local calls originated on each network (what NYNEX and
Hyperion will bill each other); number portability (keeping the same phone
number when switching telephone companies); and the availability of unbundled
network elements (e.g. the telephone wire from a Central Office to a customer's
According to Daniel L. Milliard, President of Hyperion, "The execution of
this agreement represents a fulfillment of promises that Hyperion has made with
respect to Vermont. We promised Governor Dean that we would provide a full
array of telecommunications services including switched services to his state,
we promised the Public Service Board and the Public Service Department that we
would move as quickly as possible to deploy these services, and we promised our
customers that we would provide a full array of these services, with superior
service and at attractive prices. We promised competition and choice. The
execution of this agreement begins the process of providing that choice."
"This landmark agreement brings NYNEX a step closer to entering new lines of
business that will help our company grow in Vermont," said Robert Devaney,
NYNEX vice president for Vermont. "More importantly, it will provide customers
the benefits of increased competition that they're already experiencing in the
long-distance market, including greater choice and the introduction of new
products and services."
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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