June 27, 1996
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Jack Hoey, 617-743-4760
NYNEX Reaches New Agreements With MFS
To Interconnect Telephone Networks in New York, Massachusetts
NYNEX announced today that it has signed new agreements with MFS
Communications Company, Inc., designed to meet the 14-point checklist detailed
in the Telecommunications Act of 1996, one of the requirements for NYNEX's
entry into the long-distance market in New York and Massachusetts.
These interconnection agreements expand on similar arrangements NYNEX reached
with MFS in New York and Massachusetts last year to connect the two companies'
telephone networks, furthering competition in local markets.
NYNEX expects today's agreements to serve as templates for the negotiation of
other agreements throughout its service area, which also includes Maine,
Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and a small portion of Connecticut.
"This should accelerate the development of other interconnection agreements
and bring NYNEX one step closer to entrance into the multi-billion-dollar
long-distance market in the Northeast," said Jack Goldberg, NYNEX Vice
President - Wholesale Markets. "These agreements with MFS further solidify
NYNEX's position as a supplier of wholesale services to new entrants in the
local exchange market."
"In New York, we're building further upon the landmark agreement NYNEX signed
with MFS nearly 18 months ago," said William R. Allan, Vice President -
Regulatory Affairs for NYNEX in New York.
William J. McIntyre, NYNEX Vice President for Massachusetts, said, "By further
opening up the Massachusetts market to competition, this comprehensive
agreement clearly demonstrates that NYNEX is serious about entering new lines
of business that will mean growth for our company in our state."
Section 271 of the Telecommunications Act includes a 14-point checklist.
Before NYNEX can provide long-distance service originating in a state in its
service territory, NYNEX must meet the checklist in that state. The
interconnection agreement with MFS seeks to comply with all the points in this
checklist by providing a blueprint for how the two competitors will connect
Among issues addressed are resale of local service; access to unbundled
network elements; reciprocal per-minute charges for the completion of local
calls originated on each network; number portability; and the availability of
enhanced calling features, such as Caller ID, over either company's network.
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