WorldCom announces plans to resell local exchange service In California, Texas markets

JACKSON, Miss. (September 11, 1995)-- LDDS WorldCom, continuing to play an active part in opening the local telecommunications market to competition, has filed applications with public utility commissions in California and Texas to offer local services on a resale basis.

"Telecommunications users must have real choices among local providers, as they do among long distance carriers, in order to have access to more features and to obtain better value," said Don Bolar, senior vice president of marketing for LDDS WorldCom. "We want to assure our customers that LDDS WorldCom will play a key role in defining these markets."

The applications filed in California and Texas on Sept. 1 follow applications LDDS WorldCom filed seven weeks earlier with regulators in Illinois and Michigan. The earlier filings were based on a trial proposed by Ameritech, a regional Bell company that provides local service in the two states. That trial has been endorsed by the U.S. Department of Justice and is awaiting federal court approval. "We hope to receive an expedited review of our applications to resell the local service offering available in these markets," Bolar said. He also said state regulators are being urged to address technical standards issues affecting local service resale, including network interconnection and number portability guidelines.

Bolar said LDDS WorldCom, as one of the largest long distance providers in the United States, has a history of offering a fully integrated service package to customers. "We are unmatched in our ability to integrate data and switched service products that are both innovative and economical. We have a state-of-the-art national fiber-optic network, complimented by ubiquitous international coverage," Bolar said. "Reselling local services is a natural extension of our focus on providing customers with advanced, effective and affordable solutions. "We are committed to providing our customers with a comprehensive package of telecommunications products -- including local services. We will be looking to regulators to help create a viable competitive environment for providing these services to our customers."

LDDS WorldCom, one of the four largest U.S.-based long-distance carriers, is a full-service telecommunications company that operates a nationwide digital fiber-optic network and has worldwide network capacity. It offers domestic and international voice, data and video products and services to other carriers, business customers and the residential market. The common shares of WorldCom, Inc. trade on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol WCOM.